Children killed in explosion of remnants of previous bombing near Idlib city on June 9

Three children from Idlib city, named as Salah Ghajar, Rand Saed al Din and Rand’s brother Huthaifah, were killed when a cluster munition left behind from previous bombing by Syrian- Russian alliance forces exploded while they were near a farm in al Jedar area in the southwest of Idlib city on June 9, 2020. The remnants of weapons continue to constitute a real and lethal threat to civilians in the areas controlled by factions of the Armed Opposition and Hay’at Tahrir al Sham. SNHR has issued a number of reports on cluster munitions and the remnants of other weapons, in which we urged the provision of special equipment to help civilians in removing these explosive remnants.

SNHR has also documented the Syrian regime’s use of anti-personnel mines which will continue to constitute a grave threat to residents of these areas, particularly children, for many years to come. We have recorded hundreds of injuries caused by the explosion of remnants of cluster munitions, and the international community must intervene to protect civilians in Syria from these ongoing killing operations.