Institutions are doubling shifts and staff, but they are finding it difficult to cope with the demand.
The country has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a US ship and is looking for a suitable Mediterranean port where processing can be carried out.
Thousands of refugees are continuing to stream into the Lebanese border town of Arsal as clashes intensify in the nearby Qalamoun mountains.
Incendiary weapons are banned from use in war as they inflict indiscriminate damage, yet it appears Syrian forces have used them in the last year.
Despite global outrage over the use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad's government is successfully exploiting divisions among the opposition.
The war has forced some 50 000 Palestinians to flee Syria, a country where they had enjoyed some of the most favourable treatment in the Arab world.
Syria's entire declared stock of chemical weapons has been placed under seal, says inspectors.
A polio outbreak to the east of the country has reinforced the call for relief workers' safety.
The World Health Organisation has confirmed a polio outbreak among young children in north-east Syria, adding that the risk is high for it to spread.
Increasingly they are being targeted - and the automation of weapons will make it even worse.
Long-delayed peace talks aimed at ending the Syrian conflict have provisionally been set for November 23.
A human rights group has spoken out against the hundreds of Syrians who have fled their country for sanctuary in Egypt - where they face detention.
The world's chemical weapons watchdog says its inspectors have checked 11 out of 20 sites identified to be carrying Syria's banned weapons.
Two photographers travelled to Jordan to capture Syrian refugees with messages on their bodies expressing thoughts on the conflict in their country.
The OPCW, a chemical weapons watchdog supervising the destruction of Syria's arsenal, has won the Nobel Peace prize.
National assembly speaker Max Sisulu says the destruction of chemical weapons should take place in every country, not only in Syria.
Syrian soldiers say gruesome footage of Alawite victims is too distressing to air.
Following a chemical attack in Damascus, disarmament experts will begin cataloguing Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons in order to destroy it.
At least nine people, most of them students, were killed in an air strike that hit a school in the rebel-held Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday.
South Africa has welcomed a decision providing for the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, the department of international relations has said.