Egypt warplanes strike ISIL targets in Libya: Army

The Egyptian Air Force aircraft staged raids on ISIL training camps and army caches inside Libya, Egyptian military spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a Facebook statement.

The Egyptian Air Force aircraft staged raids on ISIL training camps and army caches inside Libya, Egyptian military spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a Facebook statement.

CAIRO – Egypt's army said Monday that its warplanes carried out overnight airstrikes in neighboring Libya against targets belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group.

The Egyptian Air Force aircraft staged raids on ISIL training camps and army caches inside Libya, Egyptian military spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a Facebook statement.

"The strikes have achieved their objective with precision," the army spokesman said, noting that the Egyptian fighter jets returned to their bases safely.

The announcement comes one day after a video emerged to show the execution of 21 Egyptian workers in Libya by masked men purportedly belonging to ISIL.

"We stress that avenging Egyptians and seeking retribution from murderers and criminals is a duty that we must fulfill," Samir said in his Monday statement.

The video, posted on several ISIL-associated websites on Sunday evening, featured a group of masked men pulling 21 men dressed in orange jumpsuits allegedly along the Libyan coast. The masked men then beheaded the 21 men.

In a televised speech following the emergence of the video, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said that his country "reserves the right to respond at the appropriate time to avenge the killing of its nationals."

Al-Sisi said he also ordered Egypt's National Defense Council to be in continual session to consider appropriate measures in this regard.

Libya has remained a source of concern for neighboring Egypt since the oil-rich North African country descended into chaos following the 2011 ouster and death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Egyptians in particular became targets for attacks in Libya, prompting Egypt's Foreign Ministry to warn citizens against travelling to the fractious neighboring state.

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