5 million Syrians to face explosives: Aid Group

The risk of injuries and deaths from explosives threatens 5 million Syrians and more in the coming years

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

More than 5 million Syrians face the high risk of death or injury from explosives, most of which have failed to detonate and remain as a hidden threat for future generations, according to a global charity organization, Handicap International (HI) reports. 

During the Syria’s war between 2012 and 2015, the global charity ‘Handicap International’ examined 78,000 violent incidents, 80 percent of which involved destructive weapons such as rockets, mortars and bombs, rather than light arms.

"Syria will inherit the deadly legacy of explosive weapons for years," said Anne Garella, Regional Coordinator of HI.

The civil war in Syria has resulted in deaths of more than 220,000 people since 2010 according to UN estimates. More than 1.5 million people have been injured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights - an organization that monitors the war - has reported.

Research by Handicap International showed that most of the incidents recorded took place in large populated cities such as Aleppo, Deraa, Homs, Idlib and rural Damascus.

"This suggests that belligerents have no intention of effectively distinguishing between civilians and combatants which constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law," said the group, which provides aid to disabled people in conflict and disaster zones.

The study was based on news reports, social media and data from the United Nations and non-governmental organisations.

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