Two children were killed on March 13, 2021, when a munition left over from previous shelling exploded while they were playing with it in Um Hwaish village in the northern suburbs of Raqqa governorate.
Such munitions continue to constitute a real long-term threat to the people of Syria. SNHR has issued a number of reports on cluster munitions and the dangers posed by the remnants of these and 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.