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Libyan Newswire


ADDIS ABABA, April 21– The Ethiopian Muslim Affairs Supreme Council (EMASC) and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) have condemned the barbaric acts of the Islamic State (IS) in executing a group of Ethiopian migrants in Libya.

The Ethiopian Muslim Affairs Supreme Council strongly condemned the slayings, describing them as genocidal acts which should never by committed on human beings. Its President, Hajji Mohammed Aman Jemal, told the Ethiopian News Agency here Monday that “the slaying committed by the terrorists is a shocking deed which stands contrary to the Holy Quran”.

“Human beings are sacred and above other creatures;” he quoted the Quran as stating. He said it showed the respect Islam has for mankind, oblivious of their colour, ethnic origin and religion.

Hajji Mohammed noted that the Prophet Mohammed had explicitly ordered Muslims not to harm Ethiopians.
The act perpetrated in Libya was therefore an atrocious act which blatantly disrespects Islam and the Holy Quran, he added.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church said the act of the terrorist group was outrageous.

The patriarch of the EOC, His Holiness Abune Mathias, said the Church was saddened as the victims were Ethiopians who were followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The act does not represent any religious institution and faith, but is an act of terrorists which should be condemned, he stressed.

The church supports the efforts of the government to safely bring back Ethiopian citizens, the patriarch stated.

Citizens should also focus on earning their livelihood in the country instead of going to countries that do not guarantee their safety, religion and property, he said, adding that the Church would extend support to returnees from Saudi Arabia similar to that extended to those who come back from Libya.