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Syria's chemical weapons production facilities destroyed, says watchdog

Syria's chemical weapons production facilities destroyed, says watchdog

International chemical weapons watchdog OPCW says it's team has inspected 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites in Syria

OPCW digger, Syria, 19/10/13
A Syrian television still shows a mechanical digger from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at work in an undisclosed location. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
OPCWSyria has destroyed all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a key deadline in an ambitious disarmament programme, the international chemical weapons watchdog said in a document seen by Reuters.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said its teams had inspected 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites across the country. The other two were too dangerous to inspect but the chemical equipment had already been moved to other sites which experts had visited, it said.
"The OPCW is satisfied it has verified, and seen destroyed, all declared critical production/mixing/filling equipment from all 23 sites," the document said.
Under a Russian-American-brokered deal, Damascus agreed to destroy all its chemical weapons after Washington threatened to use force in response to the killing of hundreds of people in a sarin attack on the outskirts of Damascus on 21 August.
The United States and its allies blamed Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces for the attack and several earlier incidents. Assad has rejected the charge, blaming rebel brigades.
Under the disarmament timetable, Syria was due to render unusable all production and chemical weapons filling facilities by 1 November - a target it has now met. By mid-2014 it must have destroyed its entire stockpile of chemical weapons.
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