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Explosion of Landmines, War Remnants Takes Away Lives of 6 Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Published : 15-09-2019

Explosion of Landmines, War Remnants Takes Away Lives of 6 Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Six Palestinian refugees died of wounds inflicted by mine explosions or blasts of war remnants across the embattled Syrian territories.

The list of casualties includes three children. Mahmoud Fadi AlDerbi was pronounced dead following the explosion of a mysterious object while he was playing outdoors in Daraa. Omar Mohamed Assaad and Mohamed Samir Hamamdah, from AlSayeda Zeinab Camp, died in landmine blasts in AlBahdalia area, in Rif Dimashq. Scores of civilians have been left injured.

At the same time, three Palestinian refugees affiliated with pro-government squads in Syria died in landmine blasts. Mohamed AlMar’I, from the Free Palestine Movement, was pronounced dead after an ISIS landmine exploded in AlHajar AlAswad, south of Damascus. Landmine blasts also took away the lives of Reda Samara, a member of Liwaa AlQuds, in Deir AlZor, east of Syria, and Khaled Dakour, a resident of AlNeirab Camp. The latter was pronounced dead in AlSheikh Lotfi neighborhood, in Aleppo.

Mohamed Abdul Razaq Sa’id, sheltered in Khan Dannun refugee camp, was injured in AlDeir Khabiya, in Rif Dimashq, and got his leg amputated. Member of the Palestine Liberation Army Mohamed Maher Zahraoui was also injured in a landmine explosion in Duma, in Rif Dimashq.

Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF called for concerted international action in response to the devastating health consequences of explosive hazards in Syria, saying more than 8 million people were exposed to explosive hazards in Syria, including over 3 million children. 

Available data by WHO indicate that in 2017, at least 910 children were killed and 361 children were maimed in Syria, including by explosive remnants of war and victim-activated improvised explosive devices. In the first 2 months of 2018 alone, 1000 children were reportedly killed or injured in intensifying violence.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said that, each year, large numbers of civilians are killed and injured by explosive remnants of war, such as artillery shells, mortars, grenades, bombs and rockets, left behind after an armed conflict. 

For the civilians and communities in war-affected Syria, the presence of these weapons represents an ongoing threat. Many innocent civilians, including Palestinian refugees, have lost their lives and limbs by disturbing or inadvertently coming into contact with explosive remnants of war. These weapons have also hindered reconstruction and threatened economic livelihood. Houses, hospitals and schools cannot be rebuilt until such weapons are cleared.

Local communities often have no means of dealing with the problem themselves. Most do not have the technical capacity or the resources to clear explosive remnants of war safely and few have the resources needed to deal with the psychological, medical and rehabilitative needs of victims.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9095

Six Palestinian refugees died of wounds inflicted by mine explosions or blasts of war remnants across the embattled Syrian territories.

The list of casualties includes three children. Mahmoud Fadi AlDerbi was pronounced dead following the explosion of a mysterious object while he was playing outdoors in Daraa. Omar Mohamed Assaad and Mohamed Samir Hamamdah, from AlSayeda Zeinab Camp, died in landmine blasts in AlBahdalia area, in Rif Dimashq. Scores of civilians have been left injured.

At the same time, three Palestinian refugees affiliated with pro-government squads in Syria died in landmine blasts. Mohamed AlMar’I, from the Free Palestine Movement, was pronounced dead after an ISIS landmine exploded in AlHajar AlAswad, south of Damascus. Landmine blasts also took away the lives of Reda Samara, a member of Liwaa AlQuds, in Deir AlZor, east of Syria, and Khaled Dakour, a resident of AlNeirab Camp. The latter was pronounced dead in AlSheikh Lotfi neighborhood, in Aleppo.

Mohamed Abdul Razaq Sa’id, sheltered in Khan Dannun refugee camp, was injured in AlDeir Khabiya, in Rif Dimashq, and got his leg amputated. Member of the Palestine Liberation Army Mohamed Maher Zahraoui was also injured in a landmine explosion in Duma, in Rif Dimashq.

Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF called for concerted international action in response to the devastating health consequences of explosive hazards in Syria, saying more than 8 million people were exposed to explosive hazards in Syria, including over 3 million children. 

Available data by WHO indicate that in 2017, at least 910 children were killed and 361 children were maimed in Syria, including by explosive remnants of war and victim-activated improvised explosive devices. In the first 2 months of 2018 alone, 1000 children were reportedly killed or injured in intensifying violence.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said that, each year, large numbers of civilians are killed and injured by explosive remnants of war, such as artillery shells, mortars, grenades, bombs and rockets, left behind after an armed conflict. 

For the civilians and communities in war-affected Syria, the presence of these weapons represents an ongoing threat. Many innocent civilians, including Palestinian refugees, have lost their lives and limbs by disturbing or inadvertently coming into contact with explosive remnants of war. These weapons have also hindered reconstruction and threatened economic livelihood. Houses, hospitals and schools cannot be rebuilt until such weapons are cleared.

Local communities often have no means of dealing with the problem themselves. Most do not have the technical capacity or the resources to clear explosive remnants of war safely and few have the resources needed to deal with the psychological, medical and rehabilitative needs of victims.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9095