A Free Syrian Army fighter prepares to launch a locally made weapon towards forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Assad from the besieged town of Arbeen in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Yaseen Al-Bushy
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Syria has started the long-delayed destruction of a dozen underground bunkers and hangars that were used for the production and storage of chemical weapons, diplomatic sources told Reuters Monday.Syria joined the OPCW after a sarin gas attack killed more than 1,000 people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on Aug. 21, 2013, prompting threats of military intervention by the United States, which blamed President Bashar Assad's government.An OPCW fact finding mission has been investigating the use of chlorine bombs, which have killed and injured dozens of people in Syrian villages in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and U.N. Security Council resolutions on Syria.Syria denies allegations by Western governments that it withheld part of its chemical weapons stockpile.
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