Rockets hit Latakia, delay in Syrian gas consignment

During transfer of chemical agents on Sunday, reports OPCW

12 March, 15:15

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 12 - Rocket-launching from a considerable distance hit the Syrian coastal city of Latakia on Sunday, on the day of a transfer to its port of a chemical weapons consignment slated for destruction, reported Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) sources to ANSA on Wednesday. Another consignment has been postponed for security reasons. The quantity of chemical agents handed over on Sunday, March 9, was limited. So far only 23% of the total Priority 1 (the most dangerous) ones have been loaded onto the Danish cargo ship Ark Futura, which will take them to the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro to be transferred to the US ship Cape Ray and destroyed in the open seas. Some 55% of Priority 2 chemical materials have been loaded onto the Norwegian cargo ship Taiko. The consignments are being handed over very slowly - though the pace has picked up recently - and many deadlines set by the OPCW in November for the dismantling of the Syrian regime's chemical arsenal have already passed. The Syrian authorities have repeatedly been urged to speed up the transfer of the chemical agents from several storage sites in the country to the Latakia port. (ANSAmed).

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