A boy, identified as Abdul Karim al-Kahlat, was killed on February 9, 2024, by the explosion of a landmine of as yet unidentified source in his home city of al-Tabaqa in western rural Raqqa governorate. The area is under the control of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) is still trying to locate eyewitnesses to obtain more information about the incident. We call on the controlling forces to uphold their responsibilities for protecting civilians in areas under their control, and to locate and remove landmines planted in these areas. We have documented hundreds of deaths and injuries resulting from landmine explosions, which pose a serious, long-term threat, especially to children, that will last for years to come.