Cairo: The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the crash of a Russian plane on Saturday in Egypt’s Sinai, which killed over 200 people on board, in a statement posted online.
The Sinai-based group “Sinai State” that had announced loyalty to the IS said in a statement posted on Twitter its militants managed to target the Russian plane and killed all passengers, Xinhua reported.
It said the attack was in revenge for Russia’s military operations in Syria.
A video released by the group showed that a plane was suddenly caught on fire and fell down, but the video cannot be verified for the moment.
As the U.N. global climate conference in Katowice, Poland entered its second week Sunday, the non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace demanded urgent action from world leaders to tackle climate change.
Greenpeace activists projected a message onto the roof of the “Spodek” arena where the COP24 is being held, saying “No Hope Without Climate Action: and “Politicians Talk, Leaders Act.”
Disappointing many of the scientists and delegates at the conference, the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait refused to endorse a landmark study on global warming which was to be the benchmark for future action in curbing the global warming.
The four nations wanted only to “note” but not “welcome” the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was released in October, in keeping with the views of the Trump administration. With no consensus on including the report, the idea was dropped.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who has announced he is pulling the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, tweeted Saturday that “people do not want to pay large sums of money … in order to maybe protect the environment.”
The IPCC’ report said that drastic actions would be needed to achieve the Paris accord’s most ambitious target of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The report warned that the world was far from that target and heading more towards an increase of 3 degrees Celsius.