Rome: Italy called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to condemn the Syrian military`s attack on protests saying President Bashar al-Assad`s regime had killed over 100 people.
"We request that the United Nations Security Council hold an urgent meeting and adopt a very firm position," Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in an interview with the public broadcaster RAI yesterday.
"We have asked for the ambassadors of European Union member states to meet in Damascus tomorrow," Frattini said, adding: "There has been a horrible act of repression by the regime -- over 100 dead."
"Italy is calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities," he said.
Human rights groups said scores of civilians were killed in the city of Hama yesterday and in other parts of the country as the Army launched full-blown assaults on protests on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.