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"Their blood will not be wasted"- mourner in Egypt

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 01:32

Mourners in the small Egyptian village of El-Oar call for the deaths of Coptic Christians killed by Islamic State militants in Libya to be avenged. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Mourners head to church in this small Egyptian village for a funeral service. It is a time of deep grief and mourning for the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded in Libya by Islamic State. Many look to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to avenge those deaths -- like this mother who says she lost her son. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE IS THE MOTHER OF ONE OF THE EXECUTED, OM BESHOY, SAYING: "We voted for him and we came out to support him since the beginning. We support him and give him a mandate at any moment. If he repeats the elections again and again and again we will support him [but] he has to avenge us. Their blood will not be wasted. Yes their blood has blessed the land it was on." Grief fills the streets as Egyptian jets strike Libya. The government wants the US to join the fight here too. A church minister calls Islamic State monsters. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF THE VIRGIN, FATHER TAWADROS, SAYING: "This is a criminal act. The people who did this are barbaric. They have no humanity. They do not belong to religions of the sky or religions of the earth. They are not humans. They are monsters. " The government is offering compensation to those who lost loved ones. But the cries are for those deaths to be avenged.

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"Their blood will not be wasted"- mourner in Egypt

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 01:32