Syria’s chemical weapons begin to be destroyed

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

OPCW offices
The OPCW helps the international community make sure that countries do not use chemical weapons during war.

Recently, the US and Russia came together with the Syrian government to figure out a peaceful way to remove chemical weapons from the country.

After the US accused Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad of attacking his citizens with sarin nerve gas chemicals on August 21, they almost led a military strike on the country to punish it for breaking international law against chemical weapons being used in war.

However, thanks to the deal, representatives from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were allowed into the country to disarm the dangerous toxic materials… without US-led allies taking military action.

On Sunday, a source  with knowledge about the OPCW team’s actions in Syria, said, “Today is the first day of destruction, in which heavy vehicles are going to run over and thus destroy missile warheads, aerial chemical bombs and mobile and static mixing and filling units.”

The process won’t be over for a while, though, as the agreement between the US and Russia promises removal of Syria’s chemical weapons by the middle of 2014. While the disarming is a positive sign, the country is still involved in a very tough fight as the Syrian government battles rebels in a civil war.

Images courtesy of OPCW.