Syria has destroyed all its declared chemical weapons production facilities, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says. The announcement comes a day before its deadline which Syria had to meet.
The official announcement will be made by the OPCW later today but in a document - seen by the Reuters news agency - the chemical weapons watchdog says that OPCW inspectors had inspected 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites across the country and can verify that they have seen all declared critical equipment from all 23 sites destroyed.
OPCW inspectors were sent to Syria to oversee the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons following allegations that Bashar al-Assad was using the deadly weapons in civilian areas, killing scores of people.
The Syrian government denied the accusations but under a Russian-American brokered deal agreed to destroy all its chemical weapons after Washington threatened to use force in Syria.
Syria chemical weapons equipment destroyed, says OPCW
Syria's Chemical Weapons Equipment 'Destroyed'