While searching for “truffle” | 22 civilians injured in landmine explosion in Homs desert
22 civilians were injured severely due to the explosion of a landmine that hit two transportation trucks, while they were searching for “truffle” in Al-Mizrak area western of Holaihla between Al-Sokhna and Palmyra cities in eastern Homs countryside.
It is worth noting that the injured people are from Al-Sokhna area and its countryside.
The “truffle” is considered one of the seasonal fruits that several civilians witness its extraction (harvest) process, where “truffle” is sold for 55,000 Syrian Liras, pressuring civilians to search for it in the desert that is full of landmine fields.
Accordingly, SOHR has documented the death of 22 civilians, including a woman and 15 children, due to explosions of old landmines, unexploded shells and bombs across Syria since early 2023. In addition, 52 civilians, including 16 children and three women, sustained various injuries in the same period.
The casualties are distributed regionally as follows:
• Areas controlled by Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham and opposition factions in Idlib: Three fatality, including a child, and three injured civilians, including a child.
• Regime-controlled areas: 16 fatalities, including 11 children and a woman, and 37 injured civilians, including eight children and two women.
• “Euphrates Shield” area in east Aleppo countryside: One fatality, a child, and six injured civilians: a woman and five children.
• SDF-held areas: Two fatality; two children, and six injured civilians, including two children.