ISIS: Arab League in emergency meeting over attacks on Libya by terror group

The Cairo-based Arab League (AL) on Tuesday, August 18, held an emergency meeting on Islamic State (IS) crimes in Libya, local media reports have said.

The report quoted Bishr Khasawneh, Jordan's Permanent Representative to AL as saying the meeting was held under the request of Libya who demanded air strikes by Arab states to confront IS attacks in Libya.

He said the request if granted, would be executed under the framework of the Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation of the League of Arab States.

Violent clashes were reported last week between IS militants and local fighters over control of the city of Sirte.

The IS-linked group has beheaded 12 people and crucified their bodies during the clashes.

The Libyan government condemned the `massacre’ in the Sirte, the majority of which fell into the militants' control at the end of May.

Libya has been in turmoil since the fall and killing of its former leader, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011.
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