The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Old ordnance | Four children and a man killed in explosions of war remnants in areas controlled by regime forces and SDF in February

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. This coincides with inaction by authorities and local organisations which have exerted no efforts to remove them.


In the past two weeks, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the death of five civilians, including four children, in different areas across Syria; they are distributed regionally as follows:


  • Regime-controlled areas: Two children and a man.


  • SDF-controlled areas: Two children.


Accordingly, SOHR has documented the death of 12 civilians, including 11 children, due to explosions of old landmines, unexploded shells and bombs across Syria since early 2024. In addition, 24 civilians, including 21 children and a woman, sustained various injuries.


The casualties are distributed regionally as follows:


  • Regime-controlled areas: Eight fatalities, including seven children, and 17 injured civilians, including 17 women and 14 children.


  • SDF-held areas: Four fatalities, four children, and seven injured children.