Libya to return bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians beheaded in 2015

A street scene from Sirte where Daesh militants were in force (AP)
Updated 14 May 2018
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Libya to return bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians beheaded in 2015

  • The Coptic Christians were beheaded on a beach in February 2015 wearing orange jumpsuits

MISRATA, Libya: Libya will return to Egypt on Monday the bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians killed in 2015 by Daesh in its former Libyan stronghold of Sirte, a Libyan security official said.
The bodies were recovered in October after the area where they were buried was recaptured from the militant group.
The Coptic Christians were beheaded on a beach in February 2015 wearing orange jumpsuits, according to a video posted by Daesh.
Their bodies will be flown from the western city of Misrata to Egypt, a Libyan official said, adding that there was an additional victim from Ghana. A total of 21 people were beheaded in the incident.
Daesh took control of Sirte in 2015 and lost the city late last year to local forces backed by US air strikes.


Turkey, Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants

Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, above, said the operations will be on the eastern Turkish border. (AFP/File)
Updated 18 March 2019
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Turkey, Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants

  • Turkish Interior Minister said they will reveal the results of the operation
  • Turkish military carried out a number of arrests of alleged PKK members in Turkey

ANKARA: Turkey and Iran carried out a joint operation against militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said according to state-owned media.
“We started carrying out an operation with Iran against the PKK on our eastern border this morning (and) will announce the result,” news agency Anadolu quoted Solyu as saying. State broadcaster TRT Haber also cited him commenting on the operation.
Turkey’s military regularly carries out air strikes against PKK militants in northern Iraq and has carried out operations to arrest alleged members of the group in Turkey. The PKK is deemed a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union.