Final cannisters of Syria's chemical arsenal destroyed

2016-01-05 20:00


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The Hague - An American company has completed the destruction of the last of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says in a statement that US firm Veolia destroyed the last 75 cylinders containing hydrogen fluoride at a facility in Texas.

OPCW spokesperson Malik Ellahi said on Tuesday the destruction had been delayed because some cylinders had been badly corroded.

OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu has welcomed the milestone but adds that the watchdog is continuing efforts to "address ongoing use of toxic chemicals as weapons" in Syria and is still checking the accuracy of the declaration detailing its chemical arsenal made by Damascus when it joined the organisation in 2013.

Destruction of the most dangerous elements of Syria's declared arsenal was completed in August last year.

Read more on:    the netherlands  |  syria

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.