Ethiopian church condoles Egypt for Libya killings

By Addis Getachew

ADDIS ABABA (AA) – The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church on Monday expressed its sorrow over the recent murder in Libya of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by a branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militant group.

According to a church official, Ethiopian Church Patriarch Abune Mathias called Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II to express his condolences for the killings in Libya.

Aba Sereqe Birhan, head of the church's education and training department, told The Anadolu Agency that Pope Mathias had conveyed to Pope Tawadros the Ethiopian Church's condemnation of the "inhumane acts" perpetrated against innocent Egyptian civilians.

The Ethiopian pope, he added, had also expressed his condolences to the Egyptian people.

Late Sunday, a video appeared online showing the execution by a terrorist group in Libya of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian expatriates.

The gruesome executions sent shockwaves across Egypt and prompted Egypt to carry out a series of airstrikes against ISIL targets in Libya.

Last year, the ISIL overran vast territories in both Iraq and Syria. It now appears to be gaining a foothold in other countries, such as Libya, which has suffered from a state of lawlessness since the 2011 ouster and death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.                           

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