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Awareness-Raising Campaign on Explosive Remnants of War Held in Syria’s Handarat Camp for Palestine Refugees

Published : 21-09-2019

Awareness-Raising Campaign on Explosive Remnants of War Held in Syria’s Handarat Camp for Palestine Refugees

Volunteers from the Syrian Red Crescent Society embarked on an awareness campaign on the dangers of landmines to students in Handarat Camp, in Aleppo.

The campaign seeks to educate school children on how to correctly identify, avoid and report landmines as well as suspected improvised explosive devices, so as to prevent further casualties and indiscriminate damages and injury caused by these explosive devices. It also informs students of warning signs to identify high-risk areas and relayed ways on how to report to the concerned authorities to safely dispose of the landmines.

Over recent years, residents of Handarat Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Aleppo, have voiced deep concern over their children’s safety due to the spread of unexploded war remnants across and around the camp.

On August 21, a Palestinian child was pronounced dead after a cluster munition went Off in Syria’s Handarat Camp. The casualty—Shaifq Yakoob—succumbed to the wounds he sustained in the blast while he was playing outdoors. He was rushed to a hospital, but breathed his last shortly after.

Hundreds of the internationally-prohibited cluster grenades have been detected in Handarat Camp due to the heavy onslaughts launched by the Syrian and Russian fighter jets on the shelter.

Available data from the International Committee of the Red Cross, indicate 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 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/9121

Volunteers from the Syrian Red Crescent Society embarked on an awareness campaign on the dangers of landmines to students in Handarat Camp, in Aleppo.

The campaign seeks to educate school children on how to correctly identify, avoid and report landmines as well as suspected improvised explosive devices, so as to prevent further casualties and indiscriminate damages and injury caused by these explosive devices. It also informs students of warning signs to identify high-risk areas and relayed ways on how to report to the concerned authorities to safely dispose of the landmines.

Over recent years, residents of Handarat Camp for Palestinian refugees, in Aleppo, have voiced deep concern over their children’s safety due to the spread of unexploded war remnants across and around the camp.

On August 21, a Palestinian child was pronounced dead after a cluster munition went Off in Syria’s Handarat Camp. The casualty—Shaifq Yakoob—succumbed to the wounds he sustained in the blast while he was playing outdoors. He was rushed to a hospital, but breathed his last shortly after.

Hundreds of the internationally-prohibited cluster grenades have been detected in Handarat Camp due to the heavy onslaughts launched by the Syrian and Russian fighter jets on the shelter.

Available data from the International Committee of the Red Cross, indicate 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 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/9121