Libyan 'chemical weapons site under control', Tobruk gov't

No unauthorized access, says OPAC representative

23 February, 16:08

    Il primo ministro Al Thani del governo libico di Tobruk, internazionalmente riconosciuto Il primo ministro Al Thani del governo libico di Tobruk, internazionalmente riconosciuto

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - A chemical weapons storage site in Ruwagha, Libya, is safe and has not been accessed by any unauthorized individual, an Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPAC) representative connected with the internationally-recognized Tobruk government has reportedly stated.

    There are about 40 government troops protecting the site. Former dictator Muammar Gaddafi had concentrated his chemical weapons program in the Ruwagha site in the central province of Jufra, Fezzan. The program was later declared to OPAC in line with the signing of the 2004 Chemical Weapons Convention. Though the most dangerous (Category 1) weapons were destroyed in February 2014, there are still 846 tons of precursor (Category 2) materials, including 27 tons of chemical agents that are extremely dangerous as they are a basis for the nerve gas Soman. (ANSAmed) .

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