International inspectors began destroying Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons and the machinery used to create it, the United Nations said.
A UN official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that the process of assessing, disarming and disabling was already underway.
Today is the first day of the phase of destruction and disabling. Verification will also continue.
The plan was that two types categories of materials would be destroyed: one is equipment for making (weapons) - filling and mixing equipment, some of it mobile, and some it static. The other is actual munitions.
More top news
Northern Ireland's Health Minister Jim Wells has quit after sparking controversy over comments about gay marriage.
Prince Harry may not be able to meet his new niece or nephew until mid-May unless the royal baby puts in a speedy appearance.
A British climber trapped on Mount Everest after the earthquake in Nepal has said rescuers face "a race against time" to reach his group