The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Landmine explosion | Engineer killed in Arak gas station in eastern Palmyra

Homs province: SOHR sources have reported that an engineer was killed in the explosion of an old landmine during his shift in Arak gas station in the east of Palmyra city in the eastern countryside of Homs. The engineer worked for the directorate of development and investment of natural gas in Arak station.


Accordingly, SOHR has documented the death of 73 civilians, including two women and 24 children, due to explosions of old landmines, unexploded shells and bombs across Syria since early 2023. In addition, over 143 civilians, including 36 children and four women, sustained various injuries.


The casualties are distributed regionally as follows:


  • Areas controlled by Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham and opposition factions in Idlib: Three fatalities; including a child, and five injured civilians, including three children.


  • Regime-controlled areas: 65 fatalities, including 18 children and three women, and 119 injured civilians, including 19 children and three women. There are 31 truffle pickers died, including a child and two women, and 82 others injured.


  • “Euphrates Shield” area in east Aleppo countryside: One fatality, a child, and eight injured people: a woman and seven children.


  • SDF-held areas: Three fatalities; three children, and ten injured civilians, including six children. There is a little truffle picker among the injured people.


  • “Peace Spring” area in north Al-Raqqah countryside: A child was killed and another was injured.