During the 1980s, according to one report, plants for production of sarin, VX and mustard gas, were set up near Damascus, Hama, Homs, Aleppo and Latakia.
Latakia (Lattakia, Al ladhiqiyah) Is main sea-port of Syria on the Mediterranean. It is situated on the low-lying Ra's Ziyarah promontory that projects into the Mediterranean Sea. The Blue Beach of Latakia is the most popular beach on the Eastern Mediterranean. Cotton ginning, vegetable-oil processing, tanning, and sponge fishing are local industries. Latakia and Perique, along with light Oriental types, are grouped as condiment, or flavoring, tobaccos. Latakia probably has the richest and most pungent aroma of all natural tobaccos used in blending. Latakia gets its name from the Syrian port of Al Ladhiqiyah. As part of the Syrian government's plan to increase the export of manufactured cotton rather than raw cotton, two cotton spinning facilities were constructed in Latakia and Idlib. A third plant in Jablah to be built by the Chinese will have a production capacity of 24,000 tons. Moreover, another plant in Latakia expanded production by 12,000 tons bringing Syria's cotton yarn production to 90,000 tons per year in 1998.
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