A 10-year-old child, named as Ghaith Hasan al Allou, died on January 1, 2021, due to wounds sustained on December 31, 2020, when a munition left over from previous shelling of unknown origin exploded while he was playing with his brothers, believing the lethal weapon to be a toy, after they discovered it on the roof of their home in Sarmin city in the northern suburbs of Idlib governorate.
Such munitions will continue to constitute a real threat to people. 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.