The Syrian Civil Defense said that at least 19 people, including six children, have been killed by unexploded ordnance and remnants of munitions used by the Assad regime and terrorist militias in northern Syria since the beginning of 2022. At least 24 people were also injured, including 15 children and a woman.
The rescue group pointed out that four siblings were killed in an explosion of a bomb in an uninhabited house in the town of Binnish in rural Idlib on Monday.
The group pointed out that a child was killed and another one injured by unexposed ordnance at a garbage dump near their shelter in the town of Al-Kifir in rural Idlib on Saturday.
The Syrian Civil Defense stressed that children in Syria are the most vulnerable to the remnants of war due to their lack of awareness, the irregular shape of UXO, and their presence in widespread area.
A new report by the Cluster Munition Monitor found that in 2021, as in previous years, Syria had the most recorded cluster munition remnants casualties.
At least 37 casualties were recorded in attacks using cluster munitions in Syria in 2021, down from the 147 casualties for 2020 and the lowest annual total recorded since 2012, the Monitor said.
Despite a relative annual decline in casualties recorded for Syria, this continued the trend of Syria having the most annual casualties recorded each year since 2012, the report added.
(Source: SOC’s media department)