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Egypt foreign ministry expresses "extreme discontent" at Amnesty report

An Amnesty International report has claimed that seven civilians were killed in Egyptian airstrikes in Libya last week

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Feb 2015
Badr Abdel-Aty
The Egyptian foreign ministry's spokesperson Badr Abdel-Aty (Photo: Ahram)
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The foreign ministry spokesperson on Tuesday expressed his "extreme astonishment and discontent" at the "false information" in an Amnesty International report claiming that seven civilians were killed by Egyptian airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) group targets in Derna, eastern Libya, last week.

Coordinating with the Libyan army, the Egyptian forces launched the airstrikes on 16 February, in retaliation for IS group beheading 20 Egyptian Coptic migrant workers a day earlier.

"Egypt considers and abides by international agreements and standards, and the targets against this terrorist organisation were carefully chosen, as the airstrike focused on the training camps and weaponry reserves of terrorist organisation IS," said Ambassador Badr Abdel-Aty in a foreign ministry statement published on Tuesday.

He also said that Egypt had used its right to self-defense in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, and that Egypt had coordinated with the "legitimate Libyan government", which asked for Egypt's support in facing the danger of "terrorist organisations including IS".

The foreign ministry spokesperson said Egypt is keen on protecting the lives of civilians, as the airstrike came following an accurate study to avoid any casualties among civilians.

In a televised speech on Sunday, Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi rejected accusations that the army had targeted civilians, saying the airstrikes against the IS group were precisely aimed at specific military targets. 

Libyan air force chief Saqr Al-Jaroushi had told an Egyptian broadcaster shortly after the Egyptian airstrikes that his country's airforce, which coordinated the attacks with Cairo, bombed an anti-aircraft system which was stationed on the roof of a civilian building.

Amnesty published a report on Tuesday containing alleged testimonies by residents who claimed two missiles had landed in the heavily populated residential area of Sheiha al-Gharbiya in Derna.

According to eyewitnesses, reported Amnesty, most of the Egyptian airstrikes in and around Derna were on military targets, but two missiles landed in the heavily populated residential area of Sheiha al-Gharbiya.

The foreign ministry spokesperson wondered where those organisations were when thousands of airstrikes by "major countries" in various Arab and Islamic countries resulted in hundreds, if not thousands of civilian casualties.

"It is surprising that these organisations, including Amnesty, were keen on ignoring those facts with the claim they happened unintentionally, which raises questions about how serious they are and the reality of their intentions, and about their strategy of double standards and selectiveness when it comes to the actions of major countries".

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M omsri
25-02-2015 10:29am
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Schadenfreude
Before critising Israel for defending itself from terrorist attack,look in the mirror at yourself
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Aladdin, Egypt
25-02-2015 03:59am
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Amnesty Organization
It is a group of international lawyers to defend obsessed people HR. How about the 6,000 Pals prisoners in Israel without any rights?
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Allen
25-02-2015 06:08pm
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You are so on the money (defend OBSESSED people).
Obsessed with terrorism such as the Muslim brotherhood terrorists.
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Allen
24-02-2015 08:12pm
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It's time to treat Amnesty as a liberal non entity that it is, and expose them for what they are instead of taking them seriously.
Notice you never hear from Amnesty when terrorists are beheading, burning, raping, selling childran, killing entire town residents. However, amnesty cranks it's propaganda if any middle eastern country takes action of any kind in response to barbaric terrorists. In short Amnesty is nothing more then the puppet of terrorists, and the enthusiastic cheer leader for crimes committed by terrorists. They have proven their alliance time and again for everyone to see and they should be investigated and exposed for what they are and who they represent.
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Sadat
25-02-2015 08:55am
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Even if
Even if amnesty would spare the terrorists in it's reports which it doesn't, would, that return the lives of the killed civilians? Grow up and accept responsibility, pointing the finger at other's failures is nothing but childish.
Libyan Citizen
24-02-2015 09:17pm
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Don't blame the messenger
You should admit it! Amnesty is correct. You murdered children in Libya. There is no point denying the obvious.
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Husein Tantawi
24-02-2015 07:49pm
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Egypt should admit it murdered Libnyan toddlers and their mothers.
This makes the Egyptian army a murderous army...just like Israel.
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Uuta
24-02-2015 09:07pm
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Erhaab
I notice you do not mention that 21 Coptic Christians were horribly beheaded; that a Jordanian pilot was burned alive; that Baghdadi says it's OK to eat babies; that Daesh kidnaps (or kills) women and children and then sells them as sex slaves. Etc, etc, etc. Who is murderous? YOU.
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Aly Sadek - Toronto-Canada
24-02-2015 07:11pm
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Egypt...
.. Amnesty International ..BASED ON IT'S HISTORY AND REPUTATION PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS..HAS IT'S DOUBLE "FACE" REPORTS....IT DEPENDS ON "WHO"..???
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