ISIS terrorists make Egyptian workers prisoners in ‘new’ Libya

ISIS militants claim to have taken 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians hostage in Libya. (Dabiq)

From the International Business Times:

Isis magazine Dabiq: Cairo ‘plans to evacuate Egyptians from Libya‘ after abduction of Christians

By Umberto Bacchi

February 13, 2015 12:03 GMT

Egypt is planning to evacuate its nationals from Libya after a jihadi group affiliated to the Islamic State (Isis) claimed the abduction of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians there, it has been reported.

Pictures showing about a dozen prisoners wearing orange jumpsuits marching on a beach and then forced to kneel at knifepoint in front of by black-clad militants were published by IS mouthpiece magazine Dabiq, earlier this week.

In it the terror group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of the 21 Coptic Egyptians who were taken hostage in two separate incidents between the end of December and early January.

The images mirrored those of summary executions carried out and filmed for propaganda purposes by IS in Syria.

The government in Cairo was assessing the authenticity of pictures

According to Dutch NOS TV, the photos are very probably authentic.

and laying out an emergency plan to repatriate its nationals stuck in the neighbouring country, Al Arabiya reported, citing local media.

Libya has been is engulfed in fighting since the overthrow of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with Islamist militia groups and pro-government forces currently battling for control of country.

The Egyptian hostages were abducted in Sirte, a coastal city that was Gaddafi’s hometown and has fallen in the hands of Ansar al-Sharia, a jihadi movement that pledged its alliance to IS and is designated a terrorist organisation by the UN.

Thirteen were kidnapped from a residential compound that was stormed by masked men who went room to room checking identification papers to separate Christians from Muslims on 3 January.

“They had a list of full names of Christians in the building. While checking IDs, Muslims were left aside while Christians were grabbed,” Hanna Aziz, a witness, told AP.

Another seven were abducted a week earlier at a checkpoint while trying to leave the city, according to the BBC.

Monitoring Mediterranean Lesser Crested Terns (Thalasseus bengalensis emigratus) in Libya

This video from Australia says about itself:

Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis)

Filmed at Manly Marina, SE Queensland, Sept 1996 using Canon EX1Hi8 & Sigma 400mm lens. With Pied Oystercatchers, Crested Terns, Caspian Terns and Silver Gulls.

I myself have fond memories of little terns over the harbour in Benghazi in Libya.

There should be more good news like this from Libya, instead of all the bad news of bloodshed for oil.

Originally posted on North African Birds:

RAC/SPA-UNEP/MAP, 2014. Monitoring Mediterranean Lesser Crested Terns Thalasseus bengalensis emigratus. By Baccetti N. and Zenatello M. (Ed.), RAC.SPA, Tunis. 26p + Appendices. PDF


The Mediterranean Lesser Crested Terns, Thalasseus bengalensis emigratus, is a Mediterranean endemic seabird, potentially vulnerable to many sources of threat. In 2012, within the framework of the MedMPAnet Project, a study was conducted on this species in Libya, especially in Garah, a potential future MPA where the largest fraction of the seabird global population is concentrated.

Actions and methods are described to monitor the breeding population of the Mediterranean Lesser Crested Tern, which is currently confined to Libya. The aim is providing a tool which will allow a coherent and safe approach to a population of extremely high conservation value, which is potentially vulnerable to many sources of threat, not least monitoring itself.

Assessing changes in population size, distribution and breeding success is crucial…

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NATO’s ‘new’ Libya, Egyptian Christians in danger

This 29 March 2013 video says about itself:

A number of women in an aid convoy are said to be in “very bad shape” after allegedly being attacked by pro-government militiamen.

Three British women travelling in an aid convoy were raped after being kidnapped in Benghazi, Libyan authorities say.

Two of the women, who are of Pakistani origin, were travelling with two male companions on their way to the airport when they were snatched by pro-government militiamen.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Egypt fears for workers after attack

Sunday 4th January 2015

EGYPT urged its citizens working in Libya today to stay indoors until they could be brought home, after the kidnapping of 13 Coptic Christians in the city of Sirte.

Members of an Islamist militia stormed a residential compound on Saturday “with a list of full names of Christians in the building,” according to eyewitness Hanna Aziz. They separated Muslims from Christians, handcuffed the latter and drove off with them.

“I am still in my room waiting for them to take me. I want to die with them,” Mr Aziz said. Islamist extremist militias have controlled swathes of Libya since 2011, when Nato intervention helped them to topple the Gadaffi regime, and have carried out a string of massacres of Christians.

Other common targets of these militias include journalists, “improperly” dressed women and Gadaffi loyalists.