Two men from Deir Ez-Zour governorate, named as Wael Fathi al Atrash and Zeyadeh Abdul Mun’im al Hamoud, aged 42 and 47 respectively, both employees of an electricity company, were killed on August 11, 2021, when a landmine of so-far unknown origin exploded while they were carrying out maintenance work on a high-voltage power line in the Badiya (desert area) of Sbeikan city in the eastern suburbs of the governorate.
SNHR is still trying to contact witnesses and survivors to obtain more details of the incident.
SNHR calls on the governing forces in each area to bear responsibility for protecting civilians in the areas under their control, to reveal the sites of planted landmines and to remove them. We have documented hundreds of deaths and injuries resulting from landmine explosions, which will continue to constitute a real threat to people, particularly children, for several years to come.
Photo of the victim Wael al Atrash