UN Security Council Demands Islamic State Hostages Freed



The UN Security Council demanded the immediate release of all hostages held by the Islamic State group, as Jordan vowed to do everything it can to save the life of a pilot captured by the militants.

The 15-member council condemned on Sunday the “heinous and cowardly” murder of a Japanese journalist after the jihadist group claimed he had been beheaded.

“Those responsible for the killing of Kenji Goto shall be held accountable,” the Security Council said, demanding “the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage” by IS and other Al-Qaeda affiliates.

The government of Jordan, meanwhile, vowed to do it all it can to save air force pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured by IS after his plane crashed in Syria in December.

Read more: The Times of Israel

{Matzav.com Israel}