Chemical disarmament team crosses into Syria to evaluate arsenal
MASNAA, Lebanon (AFP) - A chemical weapons disarmament team crossed into Syria from Lebanon on Tuesday to begin evaluating the country's arsenal of the banned weapons, an AFP correspondent said.
The 20-member team was en route to Damascus, where they will begin an inspection mission before the arms are turned over for destruction under a United Nations Security Council resolution adopted last week.
The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is overseeing the implementation of the UN resolution, which enshrines a deal hashed out by the United States and Russia.
The organisation has received documents from the Syrian regime detailing its arsenal, which is believed to include more than 1,000 tonnes of sarin, mustard gas and other banned chemicals stored at an estimated 45 sites.