First of 12 Syrian chemical-weapon plants razed

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Tuesday that the first of 12 chemical-weapon manufacturing facilities has been destroyed in Syria.

the group said this is the first of 12 facilities that are scheduled to be demolished. The OPCW has confirmed that of all the chemical weapons reported by Syrian officials, 98 percent of them have been destroyed, including confirmed supplies of sulfur mustard and methylphosphonyl, a precursor chemical for sarin, a nerve gas.

“I welcome the destruction of the first facility, which had been delayed due to some technical reasons. I am hopeful that remaining destruction activities will proceed according to the plan,” OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said.

Preparation for the destruction of the remaining facilities reportedly is underway. An OPCW delegation is visiting Syria to ensure the demolition process continues and that the remaining facilities are destroyed safely.