Two children, brothers named as Mustafa and Ammar Mahmoud Yasin, were killed on August 24, 2021, when munitions left over from previous shelling of unknown origin exploded while they were playing near their home in al Suwaghiya village in the northeastern suburbs of Idlib governorate which is under the joint control by factions from the Armed Opposition and Hay’at Tahrir al Sham.
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.