Egypt urges int'l action against ISIL in Libya

CAIRO (AA) – The Egyptian government on Monday urged the international, U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militant group to take action against the group in Libya.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry has arranged meetings with foreign ambassadors in Cairo to stress the dangers posed by the spread of terrorism in the Middle East in general and in Libya in particular, ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati said in a statement.

Abdel-Ati urged the ministry's ambassadors worldwide to deliver the same message to their respective host countries, Abdel-Ati said.

"The international community must shoulder its responsibility by moving immediately and effectively against terrorist organizations that share the same extremist ideology and malicious goals," he said.

Cairo also reiterated calls to the U.S.-led anti-ISIL coalition to support Egypt and take adequate action to combat ISIL and other militant groups operating in Libya.

Abdel-Ati had earlier said that "leaving matters as they are in Libya without rigorously intervening to rein in terrorist organizations there constitutes a real threat to international peace and security."

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

The airstrikes came one day after a video appeared online showing the execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic-Christian workers in Libya by masked men purportedly belonging to ISIL.

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

Egyptians in particular have become the target of attacks in Libya, prompting Cairo to warn its citizens against travelling to the North African country.

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