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OIC condemns Libya attacks on civilians

world Updated: Feb 22, 2011 15:30 IST

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The secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference has condemned the bloody crackdown on protests in Libya, and has called on Moammar Gaddafi's regime to stop "targeting innocent Libyan people."

In a statement released on Tuesday, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu strongly criticizeed the Libyan government's use of excessive force against civilians. He said the nation's authorities should resolve demonstrators' demands through "peaceful means and serious dialogue" rather than bloodshed.

The situation in Libya has become increasingly chaotic since Gadhafi's forces began to try and put down protests against his regime last week.

The OIC is an umbrella organization representing 57 Muslim nations.