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UN Condemns Murder of Over 30 Ethiopian Christians by ISIS in Libya

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday condemned the murder in Libya of over 30 Ethiopian Christians by an affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh).

The council made the condemnation in a statement issued by the UN Information Centre (UNIC), which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

It described the situation as a “heinous and cowardly murder’’.

“Members of the Security Council strongly condemned the heinous and cowardly apparent murder in Libya of over 30 Ethiopian Christians by an affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh). This crime once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities,’’ it said.

The statement quoted the council to have said that ISIL must be urgently defeated and that its intolerance, violence and hatred must be stamped out.

It also expressed the council’s “deep sympathy and condolences’’ to the affected families and Ethiopian government.

The statement also restated the council’s strong condemnation of the persecution of individuals and entire communities on the basis of their religion or belief.

“The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, to the Government of Ethiopia, as well as to the families of all victims of ISIL. The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out. The members of the Council further emphasised that such continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve to counter ISIL,’’ it said.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

2 Comments

  1. Kemmie

    April 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    The silence of religious leaders, pastors and Christians to the perpetual and barbaric slaughtering of Christians in the middle-east is battling. These men only went Libya to work and raise money to fend for their families and they were slaughtered simply because of their religion. They had wives, brothers, sisters, parents and friends like the rest of us. I strongly believe Christians all over the world needs to wake up, rise up and commit this war to our God in one voice. We have to take some steps, we cannot continue to stand by and watch as if we are not concerned. As Christians this should take priority over prayers for financial security and prosperity. This is a threat to our existence. I know the twisted logic of this murderous group do not represent the ideals of Islam, and I am in no way blaming islam faith for this. But this is deeply worrying. I saw their relatives on AJ yesterday and I was moved to tears. May the Lord deliver us
    I sincerely hope the whole world is sleepwalking into World War 3.

  2. maria

    April 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    The only thing the UN does is condemn can they like take another action rather than conderm

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