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18 Feb 2015
The growing influence of and possible intervention against the ISIL terrorist group in Libya is due to be discussed by the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
It follows the apparent murder by ISIL in Libya of 21 Egyptian Christians earlier this week.
The 15-member Council is meeting at the request of Jordan
Daniel Dickinson reports.
The latest video-taped beheadings allegedly by the terrorist group ISIL have been widely condemned across the world.
The murders come at time of what the UN described as “rampant violence” in Libya where the elected government has only limited control.
The diplomatic push at the United Nations comes after Egyptian airforce planes bombed militant bases in Derna in Libya in response to the murders.
The Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is in New York to reportedly seek support from Security Council members for military intervention in Libya against ISIL.
He is expected to tell the Council that a global coalition is needed to confront the extremists in Libya.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations