The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Old ordnance | Nine truffle pickers among 34 civilians killed and wounded by explosions of explosive remnants of war in two weeks

Landmines and unexploded objects of war remnants continue to pose considerable threats to the safety and lives of people seeking to earn their living in agricultural and desert areas, such as shepherds and truffle pickers, at a time when relevant authorities and international organisations continue their inaction and have exerted no efforts to remove them.

 

In this context, SOHR has documented the death of 14 civilians, including three children, and the injury of 20 other children in March due to the explosion of war ordnance; they are distributed regionally as follows:

 

  • SDF-held areas: Three civilians, including a child, were killed and five other children were injured.

 

  • Regime-controlled areas: 11 civilians were killed and ten others were injured. Among this toll, nine truffle pickers, including a child, were killed.

 

  • HTS-held areas: Four injured children.

 

  • Areas where Kurdish and regime forces are deployed: A young man was injured.

 

Accordingly, SOHR has documented the death of 55 civilians, including seven women and 24 children, due to explosions of old landmines, unexploded shells and bombs across Syria since early 2024. In addition, 63 civilians, including a woman and 39 children, sustained various injuries.

 

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.