Increasing rocket attacks in Syria's Latakia may undermine chemical weapons destruction
Five rockets have targeted Syria's main transit port for its chemical weapon destruction since the start of the month, according to Reuters.
Earlier this month, a rocket landed 500 meters away from the Latakia hotel hosting the joint U.N, mission who is responsible for the oversight of the weapons' destruction in conjunction with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
"It was a bit too close for comfort," a U.N.-OPCW mission official said. "It was similar to earlier incidents in Damascus [when mortar bombs landed near our hotel in the capital]."
Three other rockets reportedly killed a taxi driver and wounded six others in the port city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Other rockets fell into the sea, but no chemical transports were hit in the process.
The attacks are allegedly the first of their kind in the government-controlled city, according to the observatory.
The Syrian government has repeatedly blamed security issues for its failure to meet the specified deadlines for removing its chemical weapon stockpile from the country. Damascus said last month that convoys carrying chemical weapons were subject to two attempted attacks while they attempted to transport the materials to Latakia.
Syria is supposed to have its entire chemical weapon stockpile removed by June 30 as specified under a U.S.-Russia brokered agreement from September 2013.