Accessibility links

Breaking News

Chemical Inspectors Visit 11 Syrian Sites

A TV grab shows an inspector from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at work at an undisclosed location in Syria.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says its inspectors have visited 11 sites in Syria identified by the Syrian government as part of its chemical weapons program.

The OPCW, in an update on its mission, said that inspectors destroyed "critical equipment" at six of the sites.

The UN-backed organization is tasked with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, precursor chemicals, and production facilities. Under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution, the stockpiles have to be destroyed by mid-2014.

Syria agreed to hand over its chemical weapons stockpiles after the United States threatened military strikes in the wake of an August sarin gas attack near Damascus that killed more than 1,400 people.

International experts began eliminating Syria's chemical weapons last week.

With reporting from AFP and AP
  • 16x9 Image


    RFE/RL journalists report the news in 27 languages in 23 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. We provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.