Middle East

First batch of chemical weapons leave Syrian port of Latakia

Cairo: Syria has shifted the first batch of chemical weapon materials out of the country after transporting it from two sites to the port city of Latakia and onto a Danish vessel, the United Nations’ international chemical weapons watchdog said yesterday.

"The vessel has been accompanied by naval escorts provided by Denmark and Norway, as well as the Syrian Arab Republic," the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement. "It will remain at sea awaiting the arrival of additional priority chemical materials at the port."  [08/01/14]

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