Libyan Authorities Discover Bodies of 34 Ethiopians Murdered by ISIS
December 24, 2018 (Ezega.com) - The Libyan authorities discovered the bodies of 34 Ethiopians reportedly murdered by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2015, according to Reuters.
The bodies of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed by ISIS in 2015 were exhumed from a mass grave, Libyan authorities said on Monday.
Libyan government authorities discovered the existence of the mass graves during interrogations of arrested ISIS members, the interior ministry’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) disclosed.
The CID showed images of the mass grave, which is believed to be on a farm near the city of Sirte, which served as a base for the militants at the time. ISIS took control of Sirte, the hometown of Libya’s former leader Muammar Qaddafi, in 2015 and lost the city late in 2016 to local forces backed by U.S. air strikes.
The Libyan government said the bodies will be repatriated to their home country Ethiopia after investigations are completed and proper international channels are followed.
An ISIS video posted on social media in 2015 appeared to show IS militants parading the Ethiopian victims on a beach. The victims were wearing orange jumpsuits.
The motivation for the killing is believed to be because they were Christians.
Ethiopians have long trekked the treacherous routes through neighboring countries in hopes of reaching Europe and other western countries for a better life.
Many have perished along the way in dangerous sea waters, and in countries such as Sudan, Libya and Yemen. Some became victims of gangs and prostitution rings along the way.
Successive Ethiopian governments have not made any serious effort to rescue these victims, nor establish mechanisms to help them wherever they are. No one seems to know how many are still suffering away from their homes.
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