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All toxic chemicals removed from Syria now at destruction sites - OPCW

Published on Jul 24, 2014 7:33 PM
 
Danish ship Ark Futura (right) is docked next to US ship Cape Ray at the port of Gioia Tauro, southern Italy, on July 2, 2014 for the transfer of chemical weapons from Syria to be destroyed. All the toxic chemicals removed from Syria under a deal with the Syrian government to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile have been delivered to destruction facilities outside the country, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Thursday, July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) - All the toxic chemicals removed from Syria under a deal with the Syrian government to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile have been delivered to destruction facilities outside the country, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Thursday.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement that the 1,300 tonnes of chemicals removed from Syria were now being destroyed at various locations. The watchdog said 32 per cent of the total had been destroyed by July 21.

The OPCW also announced that the 12 former chemical weapons production facilities in Syria would be placed beyond use. Seven hangars would be razed to the ground, it said, while five underground structures would be sealed off permanently.

The Hague-based organisation was given the task of overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stocks after a sarin gas attack on the outskirts of Damascus last year which killed hundreds of people.

 
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