Two children killed in a blast of landmine of unknown origin near al Atareb city in Aleppo suburbs on December 24

Two children, named as Ahmad Najib Thabet Akr and Muntazar Saeed Akr, from al Abzemou village in the northwestern suburbs of Aleppo governorate, were killed on December 24, 2020, when a landmine of so-far unknown origin exploded while they were picking olives on farmland near a Syrian regime base where Regiment 46 is stationed, located near al Atareb city in the western suburbs of the 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 all landmines planted there, 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.