Two children killed by explosion of remnants left behind from previous bombing in Hama governorate on June 30

Two children, a brother and sister named as Muhammad and Lamiaa Mahmoud al Sha’ban from Souran city in the northern suburbs of Hama governorate, died on June 30, 2020 due to wounds sustained on June 29, 2020, when munitions left behind from previous bombing of unknown origin exploded while they were playing near the Omar al Hardan Mosque in Souran city. SNHR has so far been unable to identify the type of munition responsible. The remnants of weapons continue to constitute a real and lethal threat to civilians. 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.