The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

War ordnance casualties in November 2023 | 11 children among 32 civilians killed and injured in explosions of war ordnance across Syria

SOHR renews its appeal to all relevant international bodies to urgently address the problem and remove old, unexploded ordnance from Syria

War ordnance, such as old landmines and unexploded IEDs, bombs, shells, projectiles, grenades, etc. which are everywhere in Syria, continues to pose a threat to the safety and lives of innocent Syrians. These explosive remnants of war (ERW), which had been planted by military formations across the entire Syrian geography for over 11 years, have tragically killed and injured a large number of Syrian people.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has monitored and tracked the issue of explosive remnants of war and documented all the casualties in explosions of old landmines and unexploded ordnance across Syria in November 2023; they are as follows:


  • Deaths: 11 civilians, including a woman and three children.


  • Wounded people: 21 civilians, including eight children.


The casualties are distributed regionally as follows:


  • Areas controlled by Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham and opposition factions: One fatality and one injured child.


  • Regime-controlled areas: Five fatalities and 17 injured civilians, including five children.


  • “Euphrates Shield” area: One fatality, a child, and one injured child.


  • SDF-held areas: Three fatalities, a woman and two children, and one injured child.


  • “Peace Spring” area: One fatality and one injured civilian.



SOHR renews its call on all international organisations to work on removing unexploded war ordnance across Syrian immediately and to address the problem appropriately, especially since all warring parties throughout Syria continue to plant IEDs and landmines. SOHR also calls upon international organisations to adopt a strategy to raise the residents’ awareness about the threats of old ordnance which may have been planted in abandoned buildings as well.