Containers are piled up in the Gioia Tauro's port, Italy. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)
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Mayors of Italian towns near the port designated as a transit site for Syria's chemical arsenal said on Friday they would protest at the decision unless they were guaranteed maximum security against any environmental or health risk.The Italian government has chosen Gioia Tauro, the country's biggest container port located in the southern region of Calabria, to move 560 tonnes of Syria's "priority A" chemicals from a Danish ship to an American one.Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog, has said the entire operation would take no more than 48 hours and that the chemicals would not be stored at the port but only transferred from one ship to another.
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