Statement by the United Nations Country Team on the landmine explosion in Daraa [EN/AR] – Syrian Arab Republic
Damascus, 14 June 2022
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Syria expresses its deep sadness at the tragic death of 10 civilians, including four children and five women, caused by the explosion of an antipersonnel mine in the village of Deir Eladas, in the northern countryside of Syria, in the governorate of Daraa.
On June 11, a landmine was detonated by a civilian vehicle transporting farmers to work in the village of Deir Eladas, killing 10 people and injuring 28 others. Once again, sadly, this reminds us of the incredibly heavy price civilians are paying in this conflict. The team offers its deepest condolences to the victims and their families.
More than 11 years of crisis have inflicted immense suffering on the civilian population, who live in constant fear of landmines and unexploded ordnance. From 2019 to April 2022, 12,350 explosive ordnance (EO) incidents, caused by either landmines or unexploded ordnance (UXO), took place in Syria, or about five EO incidents per day. Five percent of these incidents occurred in Daraa Governorate. Eighteen children have been killed or injured in Dara’a due to UXO since the start of 2022. The latest incident was on May 22 when three children were injured by a landmine explosion while ‘they were playing on farmland.
Contamination by explosive devices is a major protection concern, with one in two Syrians estimated to live in contaminated areas. Investing in sustainable and flexible funding for landmine and UXO action activities is imperative to ensure that the Syrian people can continue their lives free from the danger of contamination from explosive ordnance.
The United Nations Country Team remains committed to championing demining and clearance interventions in Syria and calls for an increased response in the areas of mine action, mine risk education and assistance to survivors of mine incidents. The team also calls on all parties to ensure that civilians are protected at all times. These tragedies are preventable and must stop taking precious lives.
For more information:
Olga Cherevko, Spokesperson, OCHA Syria, Damascus, [email protected]
- United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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