SOHR: Eleven civilians, including children, were killed by a landmine • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

SOHR: Eleven civilians, including children, were killed by a landmine

Syria recorded the highest number of mine casualties (2,729 dead and wounded) in front of Afghanistan in 2020, according to an annual report by the Mine Observatory released in late 2021.

Eleven civilians, including women and children, were killed and more than 30 were injured Saturday when a truck carrying them fell into a mine near Deraa in southern Syria, a Syrian non-governmental organization said.

These explosive devices left by the protagonists of the war in Syria in the fields, along the roads and in buildings, have killed hundreds of civilians and injured thousands in recent years. Since the beginning of 2022, a total of 124 people have been lost from the explosion of these mechanisms.

“Eleven people, including five children under the age of 16 and three women, were killed and 34 were injured when a landmine exploded as their truck was passing by,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The truck was transporting Most of the workers are in the Deir al-‘Andas area, near Deraa, said the NGO, which has a large network of sources in Syria. Some of the injured are in critical condition and were taken to a hospital in Damascus.

The official Syrian news agency SANA broadcast the drama, giving a first report with five dead. Most of the victims are laborers who went to a field, he added.

Across the country, one in three communities is said to have been infected by explosive devices, according to the UN.

Syria recorded in 2020 the largest number of landmine casualties (2,729 dead and wounded) in front of Afghanistan, according to an annual report by the Mine Observatory released in late 2021.

The conflict in Syria since 2011 has killed nearly half a million people and displaced more than half the population.