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article imageEscalating Syrian conflict may delay UN chemical inspections

By Paul Iddon     Oct 3, 2013 in Politics
The UN chemical disarmament team in Syria, which set out to begin its mission yesterday, is already encountering difficulties as fears abound that their lives may be in danger due to the increasingly more violent situation in Syria.
As The Jerusalem Post reports there are fears at the UN in New York that the recent spike in violence, as a result of more frequent clashes as of late between the regime and the armed opposition, in Syria has created an even more hostile environment on the ground that could likely see to the lives of the UN inspectors there put in danger.
As the United Nations News Centre reported yesterday the inspectors have already completed their first day of work in Damascus.
Martin Nesirky also informed journalists that “planning continues for one of the team's immediate tasks, disabling Syria's chemical weapons production facilities, which should begin soon.”
The chemical inspection team is currently on a timetable to disable the production facilities that enable the Syrian regime to produce chemical weapons by November 1 – as Digital Journal also reported yesterday.
They have reportedly already began to catalog and gather on-the-ground intelligence of that chemical stockpile. It is estimated to consist of at least 1,000 tons of sarin and other such agents. It is scheduled to be completely destroyed by mid next year.
It has yet to be seen if the fears of this teams safety will in turn see delays when it comes to them completing their tasks by the aforementioned date.
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