Chemical weapons protection course held for Arabic states
Participants engaged in exercises that facilitated the planning and building of support teams to protect civilians in cases of chemical attack or incident. They also covered management and rescue practices within a contaminated area and went into the characteristics of what toxic chemicals are capable of and what kinds there are.
The course was the first of its kind to be taught exclusively in Arabic. There were 34 participants, with 20 representing Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia and 14 from Algerian agencies and offices.
Organizers of the five-day training session included the OPCW, the Democratic Republic of Algeria's Ministry of National Defense and the National Military Health School.
Participants were also able to share their experiences. Also, an overall discussion was held regarding implementation of Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the challenges associated with it. Article X entails convention practices in the area of protection and assistance and facilitates that state parties have the right to develop and research methods of self-protection against chemical agents.