المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

In five days | Over 15 people killed or injured, while harvesting and stealing pistachios crop in Idlib countryside

SOHR sources say that a young man was killed and two others were injured in the southern Idlib countryside today, as a landmine left over from the war exploded in a group of workers, while picking pistachio crop in Tel Al-Sheikh in Al-Taman’a area.

Al-Shabiha (pro-regime gangs) are stealing the crops of pistachios, which are sold at high prices, as the area is empty of its inhabitants after regime forces and loyal militants took control of it.

On 16 August, SOHR sources documented a new explosion in regime-controlled areas in southern Idlib, caused by the explosion of an old landmine. The explosion injured four people while harvesting farmlands in the north of Khan Shaykhun city.

On August 15, SOHR activists reported the explosion of an old landmine in a group of people picking pistachio in the north-eastern countryside of Khan Shaykhun city. The explosion killed four persons and injured five others, but it is not known whether the fatalities and casualties were of the “Shabiha” (regime loyalists who abuse power and conduct illegal actions for the benefit of the regime), or civilians working with the “Shabiha”. It is worth noting that the land where the explosion took place belonging to people who had been forcibly displaced.

An increasing number of people killed recently by a landmine, unexploded bombs, and collapse of war-damaged residential buildings in various Syrian areas and cities such as Homs, Hama Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, and southern Syria.

The Syrian Observatory has documented since January 2019 to date some 335 fatalities, including 66 women and 99 children. Of the total number, the Syrian Observatory documented the deaths of 45 people, including 30 women and five children, in their search and collect for “Syrian wild truffles”, which put their lives at risk, “Syrian wild truffles” grow in areas that are exposed to heavy rains and are sold at high prices.

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