Old ordnance | Since start of August, civilian killed and six others injured while picking figs in Idlib countryside • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Old ordnance | Since start of August, civilian killed and six others injured while picking figs in Idlib countryside

Idlib province: SOHR activists have reported that one civilian was killed and his father was wounded in a land mine explosion this afternoon where a group of farmers were picking figs, in the vicinity of Al-Bara city in the countryside of Idlib. This raises numbers of fig picking victims to one dead and six wounded since the beginning of August.

In the morning, SOHR activists reported that four civilians of Idlib and Hama countryside had sustained different wounds in land mine explosion, around al-Barah in southern Idlib countryside during their harvesting fig crop.

On August 2, SOHR activists reported that an old landmine exploded in the outskirts of Maarbeleit village in the southern countryside of Idlib, which caused the injury of a man while he was picking figs.

Landmines and old ordnance pose a great threat to civilians in this region during harvest seasons, as Idlib and Hama provinces are famous for the variety of agriculture crops as well as the variety of their fruit-bearing trees such as pistachio, fig, olive, almond, mahaleb cherry and wild capers plant.

Syrian Observatory activists documented the death of 559 people, including 78 women and 184 children, by mines and IED explosions and the collapse of cracked residential buildings in several areas of the Syrian territory in Homs, Hama, Deir Ezzor, Aleppo and the Syrian South since early January 2019.

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