CAIRO - The slaughter of scores of Syrian civilians, including children, has sparked a storm of outrage from Muslims worldwide, amid calls for an urgent action to stop ongoing bloodshed in the pivotal Arab country.
Those criminals disregarded the teachings of Islam which sanctify the safety and protection of human life and ban the killing or harming of any innocent people, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
More than 100 people, including scores of children, have been slaughtered in the Syrian city of Houla on Saturday.
Amateur videos posted on YouTube showed horrifying images of dead children, with at least one child's head partly blown away.
The massacre showed that its perpetrators are cold-blooded criminals and have no humanitarian, religious or moral values, Ihsanoglu said.
Houla is mostly populated by Sunni Muslims, while many of the surrounding villages are dominated by Alawites, the offshoot of Shiites who provides most of Assad's ruling cadre.
A video distributed by activists showed an injured woman, who said she had survived the Houla massacre, blaming members of President Bashar Al-Assad's shabbiha militia for the carnage.
"They entered our homes ... men wearing fatigues herding us like sheep in the room, and started spraying bullets at us," said the woman, lying next to another injured woman and near a baby with a chest wound, according to Reuters.
"My father died and my brother, my mother's only son. Seven sisters were killed."
The carnage has promoted calls from the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most powerful political group, for an action to stop civilian bloodsheds in Syria.
"The Muslim Brotherhood calls on Arab, Islamic and international governments ... and the people of the free world to intervene to stop these massacres, especially after the failure of international forces and international monitoring to stop them," spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan said in a statement cited by Reuters.
He did not say exactly what the world should do about Syria.
On Sunday, the UN Security Council condemned Assad's government for firing heavy weapons at Houla.
Russia and China, which had previously vetoed UN resolutions condemning Assad, both approved a non-binding text in New York that criticized the use of artillery and tank shells on homes in Houla - weapons the rebels do not have.
The Brotherhood spokesman also called on Syrians to put aside their differences and unite to "bring down the regime, make the revolution succeed and free the heroic Syrian people".
He said the Syrian government's crimes were worse than those of Genghis Khan, a warrior who founded the Mongol empire in the 13th century.
Syria's Muslim Brotherhood is part of the opposition to Assad, whose father, the late President Hafez al-Assad, bloodily crushed an armed Islamist uprising in the 1980s.More than 12,600 people have been killed in Syria since a revolt against Assad's rule broke out in March 2011, including nearly 1,500 since a UN-backed truce took effect on April 12.