AL JAZEERA – Danish and Norwegian vessels have taken off towards Syria as planned to escort a shipment of chemical weapons for destruction, despite a missed deadline and delays in the international effort to rid the country of its arsenal.

The ships left the Cypriot port of Limassol on Friday, but the weapons’ arrival to the Syrian port of Latakia for transport remains delayed by logistical problems, bad weather, and Syria’s ongoing war, according to the joint United Nations-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission overseeing the operation.

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