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* Sri Lankan Muslims protest US air attacks on Libya
Sat, Mar 26, 2011, 12:04 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 25, Colombo: Sri Lankan Muslims today took to the streets of Colombo to protest against the air strikes by the United States led coalition on Libya's military forces.

Hundreds of Muslim protesters, holding placards supporting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi marched from the Jummah Mosque in Kollupitya to the United States Embassy on Galle Road in Colombo.

The Sri Lankan police however set up blockades and prevented the protesters reaching the Embassy. The irate protesters beat and burned effigies of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Western warplanes bombed Gaddafi's armor in eastern Libya on Friday for a seventh day in an attempt to break a battlefield stalemate and help rebels take the strategic town of Ajdabiyah, Reuters news agency reported.

Meanwhile NATO has said that it is planning to assume full control of the no-fly zone over Libya in coming days and their operation could last three months. France has cautioned the conflict would not end soon while the African Union tried to end the crisis soon.



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