SOHR activists have documented the injury of two girls severely, due to the explosion of an old landmine in the neighborhood of Al-Baghouz town, which is the last strong hold for ISIS in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. The two girls were taken to Hajin city to receive medical treatment.
Since December 25, number of injured children has risen to nine due to land mines and war ordinance explosions in less than five days.
On December 27, SOHR activists have reported an explosion of an old landmine of remnants of war in Maabatli district in Afrin countryside, northwest of Aleppo, seriously injuring five children. The victims were transferred to field hospitals in the area.
On December 25, two children were critically injured after a cluster bomb exploded in the Shaybiyah neighbourhood in Jisr al-Shughur city, west of Idlib.
SOHR calls on all 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 needs 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.
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, includes 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 various wounds and injuries.