المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Old ordnance | 20 people, including women and children, killed and wounded in landmine explosions as they search for wild truffles in rural Hama and Homs

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the death of one person and the serious injury of his son, as a result of the explosion of a landmine left over from the war, while searching for Syrian wild truffles in the Al-Baala’as mountains in eastern Homs countryside.

This brings the number of people killed and injured in the explosion of three landmines left over from war to 20, while searching for truffles in rural Homs and Hama.

Yesterday, SOHR activists documented the death of a woman and injury of another one due to the explosion of an old landmine in Sadd Al-Saib area in the eastern countryside of Hama.

Meanwhile, five people were killed and 11 others sustained various injuries in the explosion of another landmine near Rasm Al-Ahmar village in eastern Hama.

According to SOHR sources, all the victims were searching for Syrian wild truffle.

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 449 fatalities, including 72 women and 144 children. Of the total number, the Syrian Observatory documented the deaths of 99 people, including 45 women and six 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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