1st Chemical Weapons Consignment Leaves Syria
The United Nations has confirmed that the first shipment of chemical weapons has left the Syrian port of Latakia on a Danish ship.
It is being escorted by Chinese, Danish, Norwegian and Russian frigates, the BBC informs.
Removing the most dangerous chemicals is the first step of a UN-backed deal to eliminate Syria's chemical arsenal.
A previous attempt to collect the arms was aborted after Syrian officials failed to deliver the toxic chemicals to the collection point in Latakia.
The weapons are due to be taken to Italy, where they will be loaded on to a US Navy ship and shipped into international waters for destruction in a specially created titanium tank on board.
The operation to remove Syria's chemical arsenal had been scheduled to take place prior to December 31.
The removal was delayed by the country's worsening civil war, and by poor weather and logistical problems.