Destruction of chemical weapons in Syria begins
October 7 , 2013
Disarmament experts have begun to dismantle and destroy Syria's chemical weapons.
Reports suggest that the inspectors only have nine months to get rid of the 1,000-ton stockpile of arsenal; the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has never faced such a tight deadline before and the task must be completed in the middle of Syria's civil war.
The team currently comprised of 20 people has been in the region for five days but the disarmament began only today. Local workers used several things such as disc saws in order to dismantle aerial bombs and missile warheads.
An official mentioned that Syrians will be responsible for the destruction of these weapons while they "monitor, observe, verify and report."