AFRICANGLOBE – Ethiopia has confirmed that dozens of men murdered recently by ISIL in Libya were all Ethiopian.
In a statement, the government said it had relied on numerous sources to confirm that the victims, shown in a recent video, were Ethiopian migrant workers in Libya.
The government also expressed its condolences to the families of the victims and voiced anger for the carnage.
Ethiopia’s parliament is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the issue, the statement noted.
Ethiopia Declares Mourning For ISIL Victims
Ethiopian parliament has declared three days of national mourning beginning Wednesday for about 30 Ethiopians massacred in cold blood by ISIL armed group in Libya.
The House of Peoples’ Representatives convened on Tuesday and decided unanimously that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be mourning days.
During the mourning days, the national flag will be flying half-mast across the country as well as at Ethiopia’s foreign missions, embassies and consulates across the world.
Speaking to the parliament, Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom reaffirmed the readiness of his government to facilitate the return of the country’s migrants in Libya.
“The government will cover all the costs for their return,” he said.
African Union Condemns ISIL Execution Of Ethiopians
The African Union (AU) on Monday expressed its “utmost shock” over the purported killing in Libya of dozens of Ethiopians by the ISIL.
“Such a despicable act only underlines the urgency for enhanced international action in addressing the prevailing situation in Libya, [which has been] marked by the collapse of law and order and the increasing presence of armed groups,” AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a statement.
Dlamini-Zuma, the statement added, “reiterates the AU’s commitment to continue working with all relevant African and international stakeholders towards the restoration of effective state institutions and security in Libya, as well as the elimination of the terrorist groups that are operating in that country.”
Earlier Monday, the Ethiopian government confirmed that the men who were brutally executed by ISIL in Libya – as shown in a recent video – were all Ethiopian.