Arab League foreign ministers on Sept. 1 urged the United Nations and the international community to take "deterrent" action against the Syrian regime over reported chemical attacks near Damascus, reports Daily news. "The United Nations and the international community are called upon to assume their responsibilities in line with the U.N. Charter and international law by taking the necessary deterrent measures" following the August 21 suspected chemical attacks, they said in a statement. The Arab foreign ministers said those responsible for unleashing the poison gas in Syria must be tried before an international court "like other war criminals." They also called for "all forms of support needed by the Syrian people" but without explicitly calling for military strikes as proposed by the United States and France. As reported U.S. President Barack Obama said he will seek congressional approval to launch a punitive strike on the regime in Damascus over last month's attacks in suburbs of the Syrian capital. U.N. chemical weapons inspectors have carried out a probe in the suspected sites and collected samples which will be sent to European laboratories from Sept. 2. "We have learned through samples that were provided to the United States and that have now been tested from first responders in East Damascus, (that) hair samples and blood samples have tested positive for signatures of sarin," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told NBC's Meet the Press on Sept. 1.

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