Pro-Haftar air force says took part in Egyptian raids

Cheryl Sanders
May 28, 2017

Senior Egyptian officials said fighter jets targeted bases in eastern Libya of the Shura Council, an Islamist militia known to be linked to al-Qaida, not the Islamic State.

Egypt's foreign minister told his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Saturday that the militants who attacked a bus convoy of Coptic Christians a day earlier were trained at a camps inside Libya.

The country's Christians have complained that the government is not doing enough to protect them from Islamic extremists, and hundreds of them reacted to the bus attack by staging angry street protests in two provincial cities, destroying at least six cars and briefly cutting off railway lines.

Masked gunmen stopped the vehicles on a road leading to the monastery and opened fire.

Persecution and discrimination against Egypt's Coptic Christians has spiked since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak's regime in 2011. "The bloodletting of Christians must end, and all who aid their killers must be punished".

The funerals of some of the victims were held on Friday night.

About 70 Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 92 million, have been killed in bomb attacks on churches in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta since December.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed "that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to worldwide peace and security", the statement said.

"A security detachment from the Islamic State carried out an attack yesterday in Minya", the group's self-styled Amaq news agency reported.

ISIS has claimed its responsibility for the attack that was carried out on Friday in Egypt's Minya, killing at least 28 Coptic Christians and injuring 25 others.

"Why the Christians? Because they say we are a minority, that we're infidels".

In February 2015, the Egyptian military, in coordination with the Libyan military, carried out airstrikes against Daesh targets in Libya following the exectution of several Egyptians in Libya.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said the Eiffel Tower lights would go dark after midnight in solidarity, as also happened on Tuesday after the Manchester Arena attack.

Israel's relationship with Egypt has begun to thaw in recent years.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman says the news was being received with "deep sorrow", noting that German is now hosting a large gathering of the Protestant Church that Coptic Christians are attending too.

The most recent saw the building illuminated with the UK's Union Jack after the Manchester Arena bombing, which took at least 22 lives and left 59 injured during what was the deadliest attack on United Kingdom soil in 12 years.

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