Syria’s northeastern Aleppo countryside was rocked on Saturday by a landmine explosion near the Turkish border that killed eight civilians, including five children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.
“Several civilians were killed as a result of the explosion of a landmine in Tal al-Hawa village in the countryside of Aleppo’s al-Rai town near the Syrian-Turkish border,” SOHR said.
Local sources told the human rights watchdog that all five children belonged to the same family and were aged 4-12 years. Tragically, the death toll is expected to rise as some injuries are reported to be critical.
This attack is the latest in a series of landmine explosions targeting Aleppo. SOHR also reported the deaths of two women and seven children killed in the village of Jarjanaz in Idlib province, where Russia and Turkey have agreed a buffer zone.
There was another violent explosion on Nov 16th in the village of Mar’anaz, north of Azaz city, in the northern countryside of Aleppo, which is under the control of Turkish-backed rebels. The explosion killed citizens harvesting olives, SOHR reported.
Consecutive breaches have been reported by human rights watchdogs, which have documented heavy shelling activity in the Idlib southeastern countryside, despite it being covered by the truce.
After a meeting in Sochi between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on September 17th, the two sides agreed to set up demilitarised zones in Idlib province, as well as northeastern areas of Latakia province, western areas of Aleppo province and northern areas of Hama province.