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Syria begins to provide details of chemical weapons arsenal

Syria begins to provide details of chemical weapons arsenal
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Clashes are continuing across Syria as the Saturday deadline for the government of President Bashar al-Assad to provide a list of its chemical weapons facilities fast approaches.

The Organisation for the Protection of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said the country has already begun to send details of its weapons arsenal as part of the US-Russia deal to make them safe.

The OPCW based in the Netherlands stated that it expects more information in the coming days.

Meanwhile in Syria heavy fighting has been reported in the town of Areeta between the coastal city of Latakia and Aleppo.

The country’s comercial capital and largest city is carved up into rebel and government controlled neighbourhoods separated by checkpoints. Since an opposition offensive in July 2012, fighting has been almost continuous with large parts of the city destroyed and thousands of residents to leaving.