Destruction of Syria's chemical weapons begins
DAMASCUS (AFP) - Experts destroyed missile warheads, aerial bombs and chemical mixing equipment Sunday on the first day of a campaign to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, the United Nations said.
The operation, performed by Syrian personnel under the supervision of international disarmament experts, took place under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution that will see Damascus relinquish the banned arms.
Workers "used cutting torches and angle grinders to destroy or disable a range of items", said a statement released by the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
The Syrian workers were destroying or disabling a "range of items", including "missile warheads, aerial bombs and mixing and filling equipment", the statement added.