Saudi Arabia pushed for an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday after Syria’s main opposition group accused Bashar Assad’s government of massacring more than 1,300 people in chemical weapons attacks near Damascus.
The Kingdom also called for a serious review of the Syrian situation by the European Union.
Many of the gas attack victims choked to death, said opposition activists.
The UN Security Council convened closed-door consultations at 1900 GMT.
“It is time for the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility and overcome differences between its members and restore the confidence of the international community by convening immediately to take a clear and deterrent resolution that will put an end to this human crisis,” Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said in a statement.
Video footage from districts east of Damascus showed people choking, some of them foaming at the mouth, and many bodies with no signs of injuries.
Prince Saud also urged EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to discuss the Syrian crisis.
“Saudi Arabia warns that continuing to shy away from responsibility in dealing with the Syrian crisis will lead to more of these tragedies,” he said.
“We were shocked to see this horrific massacre… and the use of chemical weapons that is internationally banned,” said Prince Saud, adding that the majority of its victims were women and children.
The foreign minister said the Kingdom had alerted the international community time and again about the massacres being committed by the Bashar Assad’s regime.
The Arab League urged UN chemical weapons inspectors to immediately visit the site of the alleged attack.
Videos distributed by activists showed medics attending to suffocating children and hospitals being overwhelmed.
More footage showed dozens of people laid out on the ground, among them many children, some of them covered in white sheets.
Opposition sources accused the army of multiple chemical weapons strikes — one in Moadamiyet Al-Sham, southwest of Damascus, and more in the capital’s eastern suburbs.
The Local Coordination Committees (LCC), a network of activists, reported hundreds of casualties in the brutal use of toxic gas by the criminal regime.