A first batch of chemicals from Syria’s weapons program has been shipped out of the war-torn country. Syria’s government agreed to surrender its chemical weapons in a deal last year to avoid a US bombing campaign.
The United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced on Tuesday that a small quantity of chemical material that could be used in the production of weapons had left Syria.
"A first quantity of priority chemical materials was moved from two sites to the port of Latakia for verification and was then loaded onto a Danish commercial vessel today," said a statement released by the Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch diplomat who heads the joint UN-OPCW mission charged with supervising the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons.
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