Child killed when a landmine exploded near Abu Hbeilat village in Hama suburbs on July 1

A 16-year-old boy Muhammad Helal al Matar was killed on July 1, 2020, as a landmine of so-far unknown origin exploded near Abu Hbeilat village in the eastern suburbs of Hama governorate. SNHR is still trying to contact witnesses to obtain more details of the incident. 

SNHR calls on the governing forces in each area to bear responsibility for protecting civilians in the areas under their control, to reveal the sites of planted landmines and to remove them. We have documented hundreds of deaths and injuries resulting from landmine explosions, which will continue to constitute a real threat to people, particularly children, for several years to come.