The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Old ordnance | Three children injured by explosion of cluster bomb of earlier bombardment in Idlib countryside

Idlib province: Three children who are  12, 13, and 14 years old were injured due to the explosion of an unexploded cluster bomb of earlier bombardment on Kansafra town in southern Idlib countryside, where they were taken to the hospital for treatment.


It is worth noting that war remnants are prevalent over large geographical areas across Syria, especially in regions that witnessed military operations. Meanwhile, areas near the frontlines still experience the falling of shells, some of which do not explode,  threating civilians’ lives.


Accordingly, SOHR has documented the death of 246 civilians, including 24 women and 74 children, due to explosions of old landmines, unexploded shells and bombs across Syria since early 2023. In addition, over 342 civilians, including 120 children and 15 women, sustained various injuries.


The casualties are distributed regionally as follows:


  • Areas controlled by Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham and opposition factions in Idlib: Four fatalities; including a child, and 26 injured civilians, including 19 children and a woman.


  • Regime-controlled areas: 198 fatalities, including 45 children and 17 women, and 240 injured civilians, including 62 children and nine women. There are 89 truffle pickers died, including two children and ten women, and 109 others injured.


  • “Euphrates Shield” area in east Aleppo countryside: Five fatality, five children, and 11 injured people: a woman and ten children.


  • SDF-held areas: 37 fatalities, including 22 children and seven women, and 56 injured civilians, including 27 children and a woman. There are two truffle pickers among the fatalities and a little truffle picker among the injured people.


  • “Peace Spring” area in north Al-Raqqah countryside: A child and a man were killed and five other persons, including two children, were injured.


  • “Olive Branch” area: Four persons, including two women, were injured.