200 tons of Syrian chemicals in UK for destruction

Two hundred tons of Syrian chemicals once stockpiled to make weapons have arrived for disposal in Britain. Syria’s 1,300 tons of chemicals are being disposed of in different countries. (Nigel Treblin, 2014 Getty Images)
Two hundred tons of Syrian chemicals once stockpiled to make weapons have arrived for disposal in Britain. Syria’s 1,300 tons of chemicals are being disposed of in different countries. (Nigel Treblin, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/15 1:06 pm

LONDON (AP) — A 200-ton shipment of Syrian chemicals once stockpiled to make weapons has arrived in Britain where it will be destroyed.

A Ministry of Defense spokesman on Tuesday described the materials as no more dangerous than industrial chemicals and said they were in Britain after a long operation to disable Syria's chemical weapons capability.

Syria finished handing over its 1,300 tons of chemical stockpiles in June in an effort to avoid U.S. airstrikes threatened after a chemical attack on a rebel-held suburb near Damascus was believed to have killed more than 1,000 people. The chemicals are being disposed of at sites in various countries.

Britain's Royal Navy played a role in escorting the shipments, part of an operation overseen by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

 

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