Syria ships out first batch of chemical weapons materials

Men hold up a baby saved from under rubble, who survived an airstrike in the Duma neighbourhood of DamascusBy Oliver Holmes and Erika Solomon BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in the most crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament program that has been delayed by war and technical problems. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Tuesday that "priority chemical materials" were transported to the port of Latakia and onto a Danish vessel which was now sailing towards international waters. Syria agreed to abandon its chemical weapons by June under a deal proposed by Russia and agreed with the United States after an August 21 sarin gas attack that Western nations blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Damascus blames rebels for the attack.

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