Libya's Dar al-Ifta, a Sunni Muslim authority responsible for issuing religious rulings, urged all Libyans to mobilise for jihad against Islamic State (ISIS).
Ayn Libya news website posted the Dar al-Ifta's call addressed to "Libyans able to bear arms to join the mobilisation for jihad against IS.”
The group beheaded 12 people and hung them from a cross in Sirte, the hometown of late Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi, during a battle with local fighters for control of the city, according to the Libyan news agency LANA.
The battle has been raging since Tuesday, 11 July. The group also executed 22 other local residents who fought against it as they lay wounded in a city hospital.
The fighting between IS and militias, including an Al-Qaida-affiliated group, for control of the city of Darnah has caused great alarm among Libyans. There are two rival governments in the country, a UN-recognised government in the eastern city of Tobruk and self-styled government in the capital Tripoli.
Suliman Bader wrote on Facebook:
“In the city of Darnah, local youths are fighting IS, but the government has kept silent as if Darnah is in Trinidad and Tobago. In Sirte, IS fighters are putting locals to death and crucifying them; but the government is keeping silent as though Sirte was not a Libyan city and its population not Libyan. Perhaps, in the way of courtesy, anyone from the government or parliament ought to come out and tell us that they are aware of what is happening. The picture shows a community leader crucified by IS in Sirte.”