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US President Barack Obama has condemned the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Libya, saying the perpetrators should be held accountable.

Obama said the recent clampdown by Muammar Gaddafi's regime is "outrageous and unacceptable" and must stop, AFP reported on Wednesday.

"Like all governments, the Libyan government has a responsibility to refrain from violence, to allow humanitarian assistance to reach those in need and to respect the rights of its people," Obama said.

The US president also slammed the Libyan government's threats and orders of punishing and shooting the protesters and said these actions "violate international norms and every standard of common decency."

Obama urged all countries to work together and take a unanimous stance on the crisis in Libya in order to hold the North African country responsible for its human rights violations.

US and the EU have announced they are considering sanctions against the Libyan government. However, Libya's rich oil resources have forced the Western countries to be cautious about their remarks about the current crisis.

Italy has expressed deep concerns about the volatility of situation in Libya, saying the gas cuts will endanger the safety and trade in the European country.

Pro-democracy protests have been intensified with more cities, including the capital city of Tripoli, falling out of the control of security forces.

Reports widely indicate that government's crackdown on protesters has left at least 1,000 protesters dead over the past several days.