War ordnance in 2021 | 241 Syrian civilians killed, including 114 children and 19 women • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

War ordnance in 2021 | 241 Syrian civilians killed, including 114 children and 19 women

SOHR renews its appeal to all relevant international bodies to urgently address the problem of explosive remnants of war across Syria

The Syrian war ordnance such as landmines, IEDs and unexploded devices continue to pose a serious danger to the lives of innocent Syrians across the entire Syrian geography.These explosive remnants of war(ERW), which have beenplanted by military formations in most Syrian regions for over ten years or so, have tragically claimed the lives of so many innocent Syrians.

SOHR has monitored Syria’s explosive remnants of war (ERW) issue and documented casualties it claimed across Syria in 2021, which are as follows:

  • 241 killed, including 114 children and 19 females.
  • 128 wounded, some of whom sustained severe injuries, including 60 children and 27 females.

The total number of fatalities, according to SOHR statistics, include 49 persons of whom 13 females and seven children, all killed while searching for and collecting the expensive wild truffle that grows in areas that witness heavy rainfall.

The single largest “truffle” fatalities occurred on March 7, when two landmines exploded in Wadi Al-Azeeb area, east of Hama, killing 18 people, of whom 10 were women, and injuring six others.

SOHR statistics show that the largest number of ERW casualties was recorded in the first quarter of 2021, where more than 100 civilians, of whom 20 females and 34 children, were killed, while 35 persons sustained variouswounds and injuries.

SOHR calls onall the relevant international organisations to work on the immediate neutralising and removal of unexploded war ordnance in Syrian. Explosive remnants of war (ERW) are a serious problem that need to be addressed urgently. SOHR would like to see, as a first step, the immediate involvement of international organisation in raising the awareness of local Syrians of the dangers of ERW.




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