A 13-year-old boy, named as Abbas Hamad al-Salem al-Ireir al-Abbas, from al-Bghiliya town in the western suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour governorate, was killed on March 7, 2023, by a landmine whose source we have not been able to identify, while he was herding sheep in the badiya (desert area) of al-Bghiliya in the western suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour governorate. The area is under the control of Syrian regime forces.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights is still trying to locate eyewitnesses to obtain more information about the incident.
We call on the controlling forces to uphold their responsibilities to protect civilians in their areas, and to locate and remove landmines planted in these areas. We have documented hundreds of deaths and injuries from the explosion of landmines, which pose a long-term, serious threat, especially to children, which will last for years to come.