Arab League backs UN action

The Arab League has called for United Nations and international measures against Syria over the recent chemical weapons gas attack.

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Arab League calls for 'deterrent measures' against Syria

The Arab League has called for United Nations and international measures against Syria over the recent chemical weapons gas attack.

The final resolution of a meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo urged the United Nations and international community to "take the deterrent and necessary measures against the culprits of this crime that the Syrian regime bears responsibility for".

The ministers also said those responsible for the attack should face trial, as other "war criminals" have.

Saudi Arabia calls on world community to act on Syria

The Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal said it is time for the world to do everything it can to prevent aggression against the Syrian people, and that it would back a US strike on Syria if the Syrian people did.

"We call upon the international community with all its power to stop this aggression against the Syrian people," Faisal said in Cairo, where he was attending a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers to discuss Syria.

On the prospect of a US strike, he said: "We stand by the will of the Syrian people. They know best their interests, so whatever they accept, we accept, and whatever they refuse, we refuse." The meeting was expected formally to blame Assad for the gas attack.

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UN weapons inspectors arrive in The Hague

United Nations weapons inspectors, who had been gathering evidence and samples relating to alleged chemical weapons, arrived at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague on Saturday.

A spokesman for the OPCW said samples the inspectors brought with them would be distributed between various laboratories for testing.

UN weapons inspectors arrived at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Credit: Reuters

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