Since the beginning of the popular movement in Syria on March 15, 2011, tens of thousands of civilians have lost their lives as a result of  bombings, chemical weapons, cluster munitions, barrel bombs and other military weapons used in the conflict.

The risks looming over Syrians for more than ten years are not limited to the military operations carried out and the weapons used by the Syrian regime’s forces, Russian forces and other armed groups, but also include another lethal weapon that is almost as deadly as the direct military operations: landmines. 

At the beginning of the popular movement, the Syrian regime had used mines and explosive devices to terrify people and force them to abstain from attending demonstrations that demanded the overthrow of the regime.  In turn, the regime forces planted explosive devices in residential areas where there were regular gatherings, or in garbage containers near schools.

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