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OIC blames Syrian govt



Jeddah:  The world's largest Muslim body condemned yesterday the clashes rocking a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus and held both government troops and rebels responsible for the unrest.

"We are sorry for what Yarmuk camp has undergone. Palestinians must have been spared the killing and unrest... neither the regime nor the opposition can be excused," Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, said.

"The Syrian crisis is currently going through a critical phase," Ihsanoglu—whose organisation suspended Syria's membership in August—told reporters in Jeddah, urging the international community to "begin a political process."

Final call
He urged embattled Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to "make sacrifices in order to save the people" and said: "We consider this the final call to the Syrian leadership."

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