Syria destroys chemical production facilities
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Thursday that Syria has destroyed all its chemical production facilities, a day before the deadline set by the United Nations.
"The Syrian government has completed what we call a functional destruction of its entire chemical weapons making apparatus and what are mixing filling equipment for use in sarin gas."
The organization says its teams had inspected 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites in Syria.
Equipment at the two other locations were transferred elsewhere due to safety concerns and then destroyed.
Under a deal brokered by Russia and the U.S., Syria agreed to destroy its stockpile after Washington threatened military action in response to the killing of hundreds of people in a chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus in August.
Now the equipment has been put beyond use, Syria has until the middle of next year to destroy the chemical weapons themselves.
In a separate development,
Israeli warplanes launched an attack on a Syrian military base near the city of Latakia, according to a CNN report which cited information from a U.S. official.
Explosions were reported at a missile storage site in the port city, a stronghold of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The official said the strike targeted Russian-made missiles that Israel thought may be bound for the Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah.
The attack is yet to be confirmed by the Israeli government, which also refrained from commenting on at least three air strikes in Syria so far this year.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.