Syria: 19 civilians killed by ‘forgotten’ improvised explosive devices since early November

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Nineteen civilians, including children, have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the month by improvised explosive devices planted in fields, along roads or even in buildings during the war, a non-governmental organization said today.

These bombs were placed on all sides of the conflict after the civil war broke out in 2011 and have killed hundreds and injured thousands in recent years.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), a London-based organization with an extensive network of sources in Syria, 19 people, including eight children and three women, have been killed since early November in Idlib, Aleppo and Quneitra provinces. Deraa, Hama and Homs.

In 2020, for the first time, Syria recorded the largest number of mine casualties, a total of 2,729 dead and wounded, surpassing Afghanistan, according to the Mine Observatory, a coalition of non-governmental organizations. Syria has not signed the Convention on the Prohibition of Mines and the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that are detonated when approached or touched.

Nearly 500,000 people have been killed since the war in Syria and half of the country’s population has been displaced.

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