OPCW-UN joint mission verifies destruction of Aleppo chemical weapons site

The Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the U.N. in Syria verified on Thursday that a chemical weapons site in Aleppo was dismantled and long abandoned.

The mission, which is overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles, verified the previously unvisited site. The site represents the 22nd site of the 23 sites disclosed by Syria.

"The additional site inspected is in the region of Aleppo and was one of the two sites that could not be visited earlier due to safety and security reasons," a U.N. spokesperson said. "The site was confirmed as dismantled and long abandoned, with the building showing extensive battle damage."

Syrian personnel conducted the verification using sealed cameras as per the guidance of the inspection team. The team fully authenticated the geographical location and the time at which the footage and images were captured.

The spokesperson also announced the launch of a new website dedicated to sharing information about the joint mission in Syria. The site provides background on the establishment of the mission, its mandate and its activities related to destroying Syria's chemical weapons program.

The site is currently only available in English, but a version in Arabic is expected to follow at a later time.