In November 2021, SOHR activists documented 27 explosions throughout Syria, caused by the explosion of old ordnance, IEDs and car bombs. These explosions killed 46 people, and they were as follows:
- 29 civilians, including 13 children and five women.
- 14 regime soldiers and loyalists.
- Three jihadists.
Old ordnance explosions
SOHR activists documented 13 explosions of old landmines and unexploded bombs and projectiles in the provinces of Idlib, Aleppo, Al-Quneitra, Daraa, Hama and Homs, which killed 22 Syrian civilians, including 11 children and three women. Further details of these explosions are summarised as follows:
- November 1: A young man was killed in the explosion of an old landmine in Al-Himaydiyyah area in north Al-Quneitra countryside.
- November 2: Two little sisters were killed in QarafMaghar in Jarabulus countryside due to the explosion of a grenade they were playing with near the house of the village’s elder.
- November 4: A seven-year-old boy was killed in the explosion of unexploded ammunition in a warehouse belonging to opposition factions in Maarrat Shalaf in Harem countryside in north-western countryside of Idlib. It is worth noting that this warehouse had been targeted with explosions previously.
- November 6: Seven civilians, including two women and a child, were killed when an old landmine exploded in Al-Dawwah area in Palmyra desert in the eastern countryside of Homs.
- November 6: A girl was killed in a grenade explosion in Saboura district in the northern countryside of Sallamiyah.
- November 7: A child was killed in the explosion of an old landmine nearby Suran town in the northern countryside of Hama.
- November 12: A child and a man were killed as an old landmine went off hitting a group of workers while picking olive nearby Saan town in eastern Idlib.
- November 12: A young man was killed in the explosion of an unexploded cluster bomb in Daraa Al-Balad.
- November 13: A civilian was killed when an old landmine was detonated while he was ploughing an olive grove in Wayran village in western Manbij in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.
- November 19: Two children were killed in the explosion of an old landmine in Al-Jamiyyat Al-Sakaniyyah area in Palmyra city in the eastern countryside of Homs.
- November 22: A child was killed in the explosion of an old landmine in Al-Faraqlas area in east Homs countryside.
- November 28: Two children were killed when a grenade they were playing with exploded in northern Manbij city in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.
IEDs and car-bombs explosions
Also in November, 14 explosions of IEDs and car-bombs were documented in the provinces of Daraa, Deir Ezzor, Latakia, Al-Raqqah, Al-Quneitra and Aleppo, and they killed 24 people:
- 14 regime soldiers and loyalists.
- Three jihadists.
- Seven civilians, including two women and two children.
Further details of the explosions of IEDs and car bombs in November 2021 are summarised as follows:
- November 1: Three members of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham were killed when an unexploded shell went off while attempting to dismantle it on Kabana frontline in northern Latakia.
- November 6: An IED exploded in the car of a non-Syrian jihadi commander. No casualties were reported.
- November 7: An IED planted by unidentified individuals exploded in a vehicle transporting food to the regime-backed fifth Corps, killing two members of and injuring four others in the area between Izraa and Sheikh Maskin in Daraa countryside.
- November 9: An explosion hit a civilian car in Al-Qamishli city, killing three members of the same family. The nature of the explosion remained unknown.
- November 10: An IED exploded in a car carrying two members of Asayish Forces in Hajin city in Deir Ezzor countryside, which caused material damage only.
- November 11: An IED exploded in Al-Harrak city in eastern Daraa, while a regime convoy was passing. No casualties were reported.
- November 11: An IED exploded on Al-Kherafi road in the 47th area in the southern countryside of Al-Hasakah. No casualties were reported.
- November 14: An IED exploded on the road connecting Jasim and Inkhil cities in the northern countryside of Daraa, which injured a member of the state security service.
- November 20: An IED exploded at Jaber Naseeb crossing on the Syria-Jordan border in south Syria, injuring several regime soldiers.
- November 22: A violent explosion hit a regime vehicle near military headquarters in Al-Qusour neighbourhood in Deir Ezzor city, which left four regime soldiers dead.
- November 23: An IED exploded in the car of a regime soldier in Nab’ Al-Sakhr village in the middle countryside of Al-Quneitra, killing a regime soldier.
- November 27: A car-bomb exploded in Manbij city in the east of Aleppo, killing two women and two children.
- November 28: An IED exploded in regime vehicles on the road between Nawa and Sheikh Saad in west Daraa countryside, killing three soldiers and injuring others.
- November 30: A regime officer and three other soldiers were killed in the explosion of landmines they were planting on the frontlines with areas controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy factions in Tel Abyad city in northern Al-Raqqah.
We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, renew our appeal to all international organization to help with the removal the old ordnance which poses a threat to the safety and lives of the people across Syria and to work on raising the residents’ awareness of the danger of such ordnance.
We also demand all conflicting powers in Syria immediately stop killing innocent Syrians and call upon all international and regional powers to intensify their efforts to reach a workable solution that would put an end to the Syrian tragedy and bloodshed.