An 11-year-old boy from al Teina village in eastern Idlib governorate was killed and another child was wounded by the explosion of a 23mm machinegun bullet when a group of children were playing with it in Bozika village of Afrin city in the northern suburbs of Aleppo governorate on August 16, 2022.
The region is under the control of the Syrian National Army. SNHR notes that weapons remnants continue to pose a serious threat to civilians, and has issued a large number of reports on cluster munitions and other weapons remnants, calling for special equipment to help the local residents remove all kinds of explosive devices.
SNHR has regularly documented the Syrian regime’s use of personal landmines that will continue to constitute a severe threat to the population of these areas in years to come, especially to children. We’ve documented hundreds of deaths and injuries as a result of cluster munition explosions and the international community must intervene to protect civilians in Syria from the continuing killing.