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Watchdog worries about reported attacks in Syria

ROME--The head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog voiced concern on Thursday about reports from the Syrian government of attacks on two chemical facilities but said they could not be independently verified.

“The Syrian authorities have reported attacks on two sites,” Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said.

“It would be worrying if there are attempts to capture those chemicals. I don't think it's in the interests of anyone,” he said, as Italy prepared later Thursday to announce the the port where the chemicals will be taken.

A United Nations-backed plan to destroy Syria's 1,290-ton declared chemical weapons arsenal has been delayed by the fighting raging across the country.

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