Sixty-five per cent of chemical weapons removed from Syria

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Sixty-five per cent of Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons has now been removed from the country, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, (OPCW).

The organization has been tasked by the UN Security Council with eliminating the country’s chemical weapons by the end of June this year.

The removal followed allegations that the weapons were being used against civilians in the ongoing civil war in the country.

The armaments were delivered to Latakia, the principal port city of Syria, before being removed from the port on cargo ships.

OPCW described the latest shipments as 'necessary and encouraging'.

But it said both the frequency and volumes of deliveries have to increase significantly to meet the projected time frame.

There have now been a total of 13 consignments of weapons transported out of Syria.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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