SIS lambastes BBC over posting report against Al-Sisi    Metito Egypt, Orascom Construction to develop EGP 1.8bn wastewater treatment plant in New Alamein City    Al-Sisi asserts Egypt's keenness on boosting relations and cooperation with Switzerland    UK's May: Parliament support too low for 3rd Brexit vote    For first time: rocket hits central Israel, wounding 7 people    Egypt halts trial online exams after severe problems    Lebanon says US Golan decision undermines peace    USAID administrator visits Egypt, praises religious pluralism    Egypt MPs give comments on proposed constitutional amendments in internal dialogue    Egypt's Sisi discusses economic, military cooperation with Chinese defence minister in Cairo    Forgiveness: The Secret of Peace    Alganesh: finding hope in abyss    Private sector's participation in implementation of Egypt's Vision 2030 should be increased: Cityscape    USAID, local partners discuss development of Egypt's livestock production systems    Thousands of visitors line up to explore Tutankhamun's life    On pleasing audience: Mahmoud Hemeda gives acting masterclass during Luxor African Film Festival    Two smuggled statues retrieved from Switzerland    Expanding services in oil sector is essential to maximising value: Petroleum minister    Zimbabwe confirm death of fan before Cup of Nations qualifier    Ethiopian Airlines CEO promises to get to bottom of flight 302 crash    Southgate says youngsters will handle hostile Montenegro atmosphere    Tennis: Djokovic beats Delbonis, stays on track for seventh Miami title    Egypt's Parliament expected to conclude dialogue over constitutional amendments in April    Not German Christian Democrats    Gap between rich, poor in Egypt shrinking, middle class doing worse: LSE Director    Euro 2020 qualifying: Germany look to emulate neighbors in period of evolution    Irrigation Minister asks Egyptians to be ‘more concerned' over water scarcity    Jadon Sancho is the type of player England has and Germany wants    Passengers airlifted from cruise ship stranded off Norway    Pope accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of covering up abuse    Meet Egypt's youngest female football coach    Tutankhamun goes to Paris    Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets    International Universities to start its next academic year in the New Capital    Darts for all    Greta    To be continued    A Broken Window play is the latest at Taliaa Theatre, don't miss it    Mustafa Al-Razzaz's art is on show at the Gezira Arts Centre    Don't miss Asmaa Waguih's photography show at the AUC Photographic Gallery    New horizons    Diaa Rashwan    Christchurch terror    Another year for Syria?    National dialogue begins    Egypt parliament provisionally approves bill on protecting personal data    Uganda releases 14 Egyptian expats after embassy intervention    Right man for the right job    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Egypt pledges right to self-defence before UNSC by Libya airstrikes
The airstrikes follow Minya bus terrorist attack of which IS claimed responsibility
Published in Daily News Egypt on 28 - 05 - 2017

Egypt's delegate to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) notified on Saturday the council that Egypt's airstrikes on Libya targeted terrorist groups and described the attack as the right of the country for self defence which the UN charters stipulate, according to a press statement.
Egypt has reportedly carried out airstrikes on the city of Derna in eastern Libya on 27 May, following the shooting of Coptic Christians in Minya in Upper Egypt, which resulted in the death of 28 civilians.
The Islamic State (IS) group allegedly claimed its responsibility of the attack.
In his speech hours after the attack, Al-Sisi said that Egypt had struck the bases where the militants who carried out the attack were trained.
According to local media, Egypt's strikes came in coordination with the National Libyan Army; however, Libyan local media reported that the presidential council of the UN-backed Government of National Accord condemned the strikes on Libyan soil without coordination with Libyan authorities.
Libya is governed by two main conflicting governments after the downfall of late Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi in 2011: the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in the east, and the self-declared government of National Salvation, also known as the General National Congress (GNC), in the west, followed by a takeover by militias and extremist groups of large areas of land and the formation of further entities claiming legitimacy.
Egypt has expressed its support to the GNA, as Al-Sisi, during his meeting with GNA's army field marshal Khalifa Haftar, called for lifting the arms embargo on Libya, which was decided by the UN.
The city of Derna is controlled by islamist militants and reportedly Al-Qaeda affiliate Derna Mujahideen Shura Council (DMSC), the city which GNA's army has been trying to seize.
In February 2015, Egypt and the Libyan National Army carried out a joint attack on Derna, after alleged IS outlets published a video of the group executing 21 Egyptians in Libya.
However, IS militants were still in Derna by the time the 2015 joint strike took place.
In April 2016, the DMSC announced that IS militants have been forced out of Derna after the armed conflict that occurred between the two groups, according to the British Broadcast Corporation.
Political analyst Kamel Abdallah told Daily News Egypt that the airstrikes targeted the group that had been in war with IS, rather than IS itself.
Abdallah explained that the attack on Derna was to absorb the Egyptians' anger; however, on the ground, he doubted that such an attack would have an impact.
Furthemore, Abdallah added that Derna was already under siege by Haftar's forces.
Al-Qaeda and IS are both internationally recognised terrorist groups, and although the former was considered the parent organisation of the latter, both groups have reportedly become rivals since Al-Qaeda disowned IS in 2014.
Egypt has strong ties with the Libyan Government of National Accord, as Al-Sisi met earlier in May with Haftar, and stressed on the importance of the support of the national army in combating terrorism, as well as seeking a peaceful solution in Libya.


Clic here to read the story from its source.