A child from al Kharitta village in the western suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour governorate, named as Ahmad Abdullah Ali al Salbi, was killed on March 13, 2021, when a munition left over from previous shelling from unknown sources exploded in al Meshtaha neighborhood in the village.
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.