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Libya court sentences 23 to death for Islamic State campaign

Suspects sit behind bars during a judgment sentence against 56 defendants accused of joining Islamic State group in the court in Misrata, Libya, on 29th May, 2023

Misrata, Libya Reuters A Libyan court sentenced 23 people to death and another 14 to life in prison on Monday for their role in a deadly Islamic State militant campaign that included beheading a group of Egyptian Christians and seizing the city of Sirte in 2015. The Attorney General’s office said in a statement that […]

Returning to ruined city, Libyan family struggles to rebuild

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Sirte, LibyaReuters Displaced for years by war, the Mokhtar family is set on reoccupying their home in Libya’s ruined city of Sirte but bitter that they are repairing the shell-cratered apartment with almost no help. The central coastal city, once home to 80,000, was smashed repeatedly as it passed from one side to another in […]

Fear and hope on Libya’s reopened highway

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Sirte, LibyaReuters The green bus rumbling from Benghazi to Tripoli this week was the first to traverse the main highway between Libya’s two biggest cities in years – the delayed result of a peace push that is running into trouble.  The coastal highway was reopened last week after months of negotiation as part of a […]

Families of beheaded Copts finally reunited with remains of loved ones in Egypt

Copts receive bodies

World Watch Monitor After a three-year wait and a number of broken promises, the Egyptian Coptic families of 20 men beheaded by the so-called Islamic State in Libya in 2015 have finally received their loved ones’ remains. The leader of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, accompanied by several bishops, priests and deacons, welcomed the […]