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Mine kills two Syrian children

Damascus, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Another two Syrian minors were killed by a mine, adding to the death toll of over five thousand victims of mines left by terrorists since 2018 in a number of Syrian provinces, official sources reported.

According to a local police statement, an anti-tank mine left behind by radicals in the farms of the town of Tibet Imam, in the province of Hama, some 200 kilometers north of the capital, was detonated, causing the death of two victims, who were helping their father in herding sheep.

According to the Syrian Red Crescent, the number of killed and cripplied by mine explosions between 2018 and 2022 amounted to 5,070; 47 people died and another 71 were wounded only in February and March of this year.

The Syrian delegate to the United Nations agencies in Geneva, Husam al-Din Alaa, recently revealed that the Syrian Army managed to defuse more than 180,000 mines and other explosive devices.

The diplomat denounced that foreign occupation forces and the presence of related groups in some regions block access to demining work.

However, despite all the obstacles, the Army deactivated more than 50,000 explosive devices, 84,000 unexploded ordinances and 45,000 mines of various types, and cleared out more than 55,000 hectares, Alaa revealed.

According to the most recent data from the UN Mine Department for Syria, some 15,000 people were killed or injured by mines from 2015 to 2022, that is, five per day.