Report: ISIL uses terror campaign to tightens grip on central Libya

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Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is solidifying its grip on territory in central Libya through a terror campaign that includes executions, beheadings and amputations, the United Nations said on Nov. 16.

ISIL jihadists parade through Sirte, Libya.
ISIL jihadists parade through Sirte, Libya.

ISIL controls large swathes of territory in central Libya and is “committing gross abuses including public summary executions of individuals based on their religion or political allegiance,” a joint report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Support Mission in Libya said.

The report said the UN has documented ISIL executions in its Libyan stronghold city of Sirte, in central Libya along the Mediterranean coast, and in Derna to the east. The victims include Egyptian Copts, Ethiopians, Eritreans and a South Sudanese, the report said.

Some of those murdered by ISIL jihadists were accused of “treason,” and others of engaging in same-sex relations, but none were given due legal process, according to the report.

Libya remains in a state of unrest four years after the death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi and has two rival governments, the internationally recognized government in the east and a self-declared government in Tripoli. The UN report said that all sides in Libya’s multiple armed conflicts are committing atrocities that may amount to war crimes.

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