ISIS landmines kill more civilians in Syria’s Hasakah


ISIS militants planting explosives. File photo

ARA News

At least two civilians were killed and three others were seriously injured on Friday after a landmine planted by ISIS militants exploded in the city of Shaddadi in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province.

“A landmine, that had been planted by ISIS terrorists in the southern part of Shaddadi city, exploded on Friday, causing the death of a woman and a child, beside injuring three other civilians,” eyewitnesses told ARA News.

Backed by a western air cover, Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have expelled ISIS jihadi fighters from Shaddadi in mid-February 2016.

Since then, specialized teams from the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG)–leading member in the SDF– have been searching for and dismantling land-mines and explosive devices left behind by ISIS militants.

Unexploded devices pose a daily threat to civilians in the cities and towns liberated for ISIS.

Similar cases were reported in Kobane and Manbij, where dozens of civilians died in explosion of landmines planted by ISIS extremists before losing those areas to the Kurdish YPG forces and allied SDF troops.

Speaking to ARA News, Abdulrahman Hemo, head of the reconstruction board of Kobane, said that the explosives continue to threaten civilian lives. “Until now, 50 per cent of the civilian death toll in Kobane was caused by explosives in the ground,” he said.

“This explosive pollution will make it impossible for people to reconstruct their lives, and blocks access to several areas. It also prevents humanitarian organizations from operating safely and providing the necessary support to this vulnerable population,” said Frédéric Maio, Handicap International’s Mine Action Program Development Manager in a public statement.

“ISIS militants are experts in the use of mines,” German fighter of YPG Heval Cihan told ARA News, suggesting that ISIS is using traps and decoys, which had killed one of the YPG’s mine experts in Ayn al-Issa town.

“After the liberation of Kobane, most martyrs were not killed by attacks, but by mines,” he said.

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh | Source: ARA News

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