Turkey to aid destruction of Syrian chemical arms

A Turkish frigate is to accompany a joint mission formed to ensure the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons.

Turkey to aid destruction of Syrian chemical arms

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey is to help a UN program to destroy Syrian chemical weapons in the Mediterranean Sea by sending a frigate, Turkish army officials have said.

The Turkish frigate TCG Salih Reis (F-246) will accompany the joint mission that was formed by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said a statement from the Turkish General Staff on Sunday.

The operation will be commanded by the US Sixth Fleet’s Join Task Force-64.

Germany and Italy will also attend the operation by sending one frigate, while Greece sends a submarine.

The US motor vessel Cape Ray will destroy Syrian chemical weapons in the Mediterranean and the joint task will accompany it.

The UN joint mission overseeing the elimination of Damascus' chemical weapons stockpile announced on June 23 that 100 percent of Syria's declared chemical weapons material has been destroyed or removed from Syria.

Syria accepted a removal plan in 2013 following an alleged chemical chemical gas attack by the regime in which nearly 1,500 civilians, including women and children, died in the Ghouta suburbs of the capital Damascus on 2 August.

Syria has been gripped in an ongoing civil war since 2011, which has killed more than 100,000 people and displaced almost half of the population, according to the UN.

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