A handout picture released by Norway's armed forces on January 26, 2014 shows soldiers onboard the Norwegian frigate KNM "Helge Ingstad".
A handout picture released by Norway's armed forces on January 26, 2014 shows soldiers onboard the Norwegian frigate KNM "Helge Ingstad".

A second shipment of chemical weapons materials has been removed from Syria under a deal to eliminate its arsenal, the joint U.N mission overseeing the disarmament said today.

The United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement "today, a further shipment of chemical weapons materials took place from the Syrian Arab Republic", adding that "the chemical materials were verified by Joint Mission personnel before being loaded in Lattakia port onto Danish and Norwegian cargo vessels for onward transportation."

An earlier shipment was removed on January 7.

The U.N Security Council last year backed a US-Russian deal to eliminate Syria's chemical arsenal.

Under the agreement, Syria's entire chemical arsenal is to be eliminated by June 30.

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