“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matt 24;13
Egypt says it has bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, hours after the militants released video of apparent beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians, who were kidnapped last month.
A video titled “A Message Signed With Blood To The Nation Of The Cross,” emerged on Sunday showing the Christian hostages being marching along a beach before they were forced to kneel and then beheaded simultaneously.
The Egyptian government, vowing revenge, began bombing ISIS in neighboring Libya overnight.
State TV said the dawn strikes had targeted camps, training sites and weapons storage areas. A second wave of strikes was reported hours later.
Libyan officials said Egypt hit targets in the militant-held city of Derna.
The strikes came amid widespread condemnation of the killings. The US and UN described them as “cowardly.”
In the video the jihadis say they now plan to ‘conquer Rome,’ the capital of Italy, a country only 450 miles away.
- “Oh people, recently you have seen us on the hills of Al-Sham and Dabiq’s plain, chopping off the heads that have been carrying the cross for a long time, and today, we are on the south of Rome, on the land of Islam, Libya, sending another message.”
- “All crusaders: safety for you will be only wishes especially if you are fighting us all together. Therefore we will fight you all together. The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.”
After the ISIS leader finishes speaking, his fellow terrorists then commence the beheading of the 21 Egyptian Christians.
- “And we will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission, the promise of our Prophet, peace be upon him,” The militant leader says after his comrades slaughter the Christian hostages.
In horror, blood is seen in the Mediterranean Sea following the sickening beheadings.
Relatives and mourners gathered outside a church, in al-Aour village in Egypt, for the funeral of the victims.
The kidnapped Egyptian workers, all Coptic Christians, were seized in separate incidents in December and January from the coastal town of Sirte in eastern Libya, under the control of Islamist groups.
The video of the beheadings was posted online by Libyan jihadists who pledge loyalty to IS.
It was one of the first such videos to come from an IS group outside its core territory in Syria and Iraq.