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.
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