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Syria has shipped less than 5% of chemical arms

Less than five percent of the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's arsenal have left the country and Damascus will be pressured to move faster, sources close to the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday. Just two shipments of around 16 metric tonnes each of so-called Category 1 chemicals have left Syria's port of Lattakia this month as part of an internationally-backed disarmament plan supervised by the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Syria has shipped less than 5% of chemical arms

Less than five percent of the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's arsenal have left the country and Damascus will be pressured to move faster, sources close to the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday. Just two shipments of around 16 metric tonnes each of so-called Category 1 chemicals have left Syria's port of Lattakia this month as part of an internationally-backed disarmament plan supervised by the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

More Syrian chemical arms toxins shipped out, inspectors say

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - More Syrian chemical weapons materials were loaded onto ships and transferred out of Syria on Monday, a joint inspection mission run by the United Nations and the global chemical arms watchdog said. The chemical weapons components will eventually be destroyed aboard a specially equipped U.S. ship.

Watchdog says 14 private companies have submitted bids to destroy Syrian chemicals

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says 14 private sector companies have submitted bids to destroy chemicals removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle Damascus' poison gas and nerve agent program. The companies, from countries including the United States, Britain, Russia, China and Saudi Arabia, submitted tenders to destroy 500 metric tons of chemicals and waste material resulting from the destruction of other Syrian chemicals.

Israel to stop distributing gas masks to public

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel decided on Sunday to end a decades-old policy of issuing gas masks to the public in an apparent sign of confidence in Syria's chemical weapons disarmament. Since being hit by Iraqi Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War, authorities have handed out masks, though Syria's chemical arsenal was Israel's primary concern in recent years.

Italy moves to reassure over Syria chemical shipment

The Italian government on Friday moved to reassure concerned citizens over a shipment of deadly Syrian chemical agents slated for destruction which is due to arrive in the southern port of Gioia Tauro within weeks. Letta has called a meeting with the governor of the Calabria region where Gioia Tauro is located, along with two local mayors and port authorities to detail the operation, the government said in a statement. A spokesperson said the meeting was planned for Monday.

Destruction of most dangerous Syrian chemicals may be delayed

By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - The removal and destruction of the most dangerous agents in Syria's chemical arsenal will likely be delayed because of security and logistical problems, but the final deadline of the end of June for eliminating all chemicals remains, the head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog said on Thursday. The goal for eradicating mustard gas and principal chemical components for making Sarin and VX - known as "priority A" chemicals - was originally the end of March.

UN chemical weapons chief to detail plan for Syria arsenal

The head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday prepared to outline plans for the destruction of Syria's arsenal, including a transfer operation in an Italian port that has already sparked controversy. Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), will address Italy's parliament to name the port where the chemicals will initially be taken.

US ship equipped to destroy Syria's chemical weapons

With special machinery installed in the hold of this American cargo ship, the MV Cape Ray is poised to embark on an unprecedented mission to destroy Syria's lethal chemical agents at sea. At a shipyard in Virginia, the 650-foot (197.5-meter) ship from the Maritime Administration's reserve fleet has been outfitted with two portable hydrolysis systems designed to neutralize the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's arsenal. "I'm waiting for my sailing orders," said Captain Rick Jordan, clad in overalls and a construction helmet.

US ship equipped to destroy Syria's chemical weapons

With special machinery installed in the hold of this American cargo ship, the MV Cape Ray is poised to embark on an unprecedented mission to destroy Syria's lethal chemical agents at sea. At a shipyard in Virginia, the 650-foot (197.5-meter) ship from the Maritime Administration's reserve fleet has been outfitted with two portable hydrolysis systems designed to neutralize the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's arsenal. "I'm waiting for my sailing orders," said Captain Rick Jordan, clad in overalls and a construction helmet.
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