The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

More than half of whom children | About 20 civilians killed and injured in explosion of war remnants

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

With the failure of the responsible authorities, the four controlling governments, and humanitarian organisations to carry out their tasks regarding war remnants, which continue to pose a concern and a threat to the lives of civilians, especially children, who lack awareness of the dangers of unexploded objects spread throughout various Syrian regions.
SOHR pays particular attention to the file of war remnants, in light of their claiming more civilian lives inside Syria, and regime-held areas are considered the most prominent in recording human losses as a result of the explosion of these remnants, as it documented within 19 days the killing and injury of 16 civilians, including nine children. They were distributed as follows:
– Regime-held areas: Nine persons, including six children were killed and four including two children were injured.
– areas controlled by “Euphrates Shield” factions: A civilian was injured.
– HTS-held areas: A man was killed and a child was injured.

Accordingly, SOHR has documented the death of 115 civilians, including 21 women and 40 children, due to explosions of old landmines, unexploded shells and bombs across Syria since early 2024. In addition, 126 civilians, including 13 women and 64 children, sustained various injuries.

The casualties are distributed regionally as follows:

Regime-controlled areas: 97 fatalities, including 21 women and 26 children, and 88 injured civilians, including 12 women and 34 children. Among this toll, 49 truffle pickers, including a child and 19 women, were killed and 28 others, including nine women, were injured.

SDF-held areas: 15 fatalities, including 13 children, and 28 injured civilians, including a woman and 22 children.

HTS-held areas: Two fatalities, a child and a man, and eight injured children.

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

“Euphrates Shield” area: A civilian was killed.

Among the total death toll, the Syrian Observatory documented the death of 68 civilians, including 12 children and 19 women, and the injury of 55 others, including ten women and 23 children, due to the explosions of landmines planted previously by ISIS, all in regime-controlled areas