173 civilians killed by land mines in Syria this year

173 civilians killed by land mines in Syria this year
More than 10 million people in Syria live in areas with explosive hazards. (File/AFP)
Updated 03 October 2019

173 civilians killed by land mines in Syria this year

173 civilians killed by land mines in Syria this year
  • More than 10 million people live in areas contaminated by explosive hazards
  • Estimates say 2 out of 3 survivors of explosive hazard incidents n Syria will sustain a life-long impairment

BEIRUT: At least 173 civilians, including 41 children, have been killed in Syria by land mines and explosive remnants of war since the start of the year, a monitor said Thursday.
Syria’s warring parties have all planted land mines in urban as well as rural areas since the conflict started in 2011.
Across the country, more than 10 million people live in areas contaminated by explosive hazards, the United Nations says.
“Since early 2019, 173 civilians, including 41 children, have been killed by land mines and explosive remnants of war,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Of the victims, at least 40 have been killed while digging for truffles, the Britain-based monitor said.
“Every day civilians are losing their lives or being maimed for life due to land mines and unexploded ordnances,” said the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
“It is estimated that 2 out of 3 survivors of an explosive hazard incident in Syria will sustain a life-long impairment,” it added on Twitter.
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) says land mine contamination “hampers” attempts to clear rubble and cultivate agricultural land.
It also poses a threat to children and obstructs the return of displaced Syrians to their hometowns and villages, UNMAS told AFP in August.
In July 2018, UNMAS signed a memorandum of understanding with the government to establish a permanent representation in Damascus.
The war in Syria has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since erupting in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.


UAE records 3,453 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

UAE records 3,453 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths
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UAE records 3,453 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

UAE records 3,453 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths
  • The health ministry said the total number of recorded cases since the pandemic began stands at 253,261 cases
  • The country has also confirmed the recovery of 3,268 patientscoro

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 3,453 new COVID-19 infections after carrying out 162,251 additional tests in the past 24 hours, state news agency WAM reported.
The health ministry said the total number of recorded cases since the pandemic began stands at 253,261 cases.
It added that five people have died from virus complications, raising the fatality rate to 745.
The country has also confirmed the recovery of 3,268 patients, bringing the total number of those free from the virus to 225,374.