An absolutely chilling video purporting to depict the massacre of 30 Ethiopian Christians was released by the self-proclaimed Islamic State on Sunday. The horrific footage allegedly filmed in two different locations in Libya, depicts the savage beheading of 15 Ethiopian Christians by masked militants on a strip of beach, their blood dying the surf.
A masked militant says before the execution:
To the nation of the cross, we’re back again…Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap.
In another heinous scene, which appears to have been filmed in a desert landscape, masked militants executed an additional 15 Ethiopian Christians at point-blank range.
The 29-minutes of released footage, titled Until There Came to Them Clear Evidence, seemed to be focused on religious justification for targeting Christians. In the video, an IS cleric, Abu Malik Anas An-Nashwan, offered religious justifications for fighting non-Muslims, saying it is permitted if they refuse to convert to Islam or pay the protection levy.
An-Nashwan says at the end of the video:
We tell Christians everywhere that the Islamic State will spread, God willing. It will reach you even if you are in fortresses. Those who embrace Islam or jizya will be safe. But those who refuse … will have nothing from us but the edge of the sword. The men will be killed, the women and children enslaved, and the money seized. That is Allah and the prophet’s judgment.
The latest beheadings and shootings released by the terror group are the latest strikes on minority groups throughout the region, many of whom have been forced to flee their homes to escape the groups rapid expansion.
The White House Sunday evening made a statement condemning the barbaric video.
“We express our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Ethiopian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens,” National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. “That these terrorists killed these men solely because of their faith lays bare the terrorists’ vicious, senseless brutality.”
Ethiopia also responded to the atrocity. “We strongly condemn such atrocities, whether they are Ethiopians are not,” the Ethiopian communications minister Redwan Hussein told AFP.
This latest IS video follows a video released in February that showed the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts on the shores of the Mediterranean, a move that prompted air strikes by the government of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi against the group’s stronghold in a Libya torn by civil strife.
Ironically, the video sought to depict Christians living in areas under its control as being treated respectfully and fairly by its courts.
Several thousands of Christian Iraqis fled their ancestral homes in the Nineveh plains last summer, fearing persecution, violence, forced conversions, and even death as the deadly ISIS genocide spread through northern Iraq.
Many other minority groups, such as the Yazidis, have been devastated and face mass starvation and slavery at the hand of the terror group, which continues to ethnically cleanse and massacre entire villages.
Even historic artifacts from the center of civilization have not been spared. IS has also demolished the vast majority of the Iraq’s ancient heritage, including Iraq’s Assyrian community, as well as, Shia and Christian shrines.
The terror groups murderous atrocities has all but ended a thousand years of coexistence between Iraq’s diverse communities.