Arabs urge UN, world to take 'deterrent' steps on Syria

Arab League foreign ministers on Sunday urged the United Nations and the international community to take "deterrent" action against the Syrian regime over an alleged chemical attack.

"The United Nations and the international community are called upon to assume their responsibilities in line with the UN Charter and international law by taking the necessary deterrent measures" following the August 21 suspected chemical attack, they said in a statement.

The ministers, meeting in Cairo, said the Syrian regime was "responsible" for the attack which the United States says killed hundreds of people in an attack by the regime with the use of sarin gas.