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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 Aug. 21, 2013, prompting threats of military intervention by the United States, which blamed President Bashar Assad's government.The head of the OPCW is expected to provide an update on the destruction of Syria's production and storage sites, part of its obligations under OPCW membership, to foreign governments at closed-door meetings in The Hague Wednesday.Syria denies allegations by Western governments that it withheld part of its chemical weapons stockpile.
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