Egypt, France call for UNSC meeting on ISIL: Agency

CAIRO (AA) – Egypt and France on Monday called for a meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) with a view to adopting fresh measures to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militant group, Egypt's official news agency has reported.

"During a phone call, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and French President Francois Hollande agreed to call for a UNSC meeting in order to take new measures against the terrorist ISIL," according to the news agency.

Earlier Monday, Egypt's military announced that warplanes had carried out airstrikes in neighboring Libya against ISIL targets.

The announcement came one day after a video appeared on several ISIL-associated websites showing a group of masked men – somewhere, purportedly, along the Libyan coast – beheading 21 Egyptian workers clad in orange jumpsuits.

In a televised speech following the appearance of the video, al-Sisi said Egypt "reserves the right to respond at the appropriate time to avenge the killing of its nationals."

Al-Sisi said he had also ordered Egypt's National Defense Council to remain in session in order to mull an appropriate response.

Libya has remained a source of concern for neighboring Egypt since the North African country descended into chaos following the 2011 ouster and death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

In the more than three years since, Egyptians have been frequently targeted in Libya, prompting Cairo to warn citizens against travelling to the fractious state.

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