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Syria: Landmines Kill, Injure Hundreds in Raqqa

Expand Warning about mines written on outside wall of building in Raqqa, Syria, January 21, 2018. © Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – Homemade landmines have killed and injured hundreds of civilians, including more than 150 children, in Raqqa, Syria since the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) was pushed out of the city in October 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. ISIS had planted the antipersonnel mines when it controlled the city. They include devices often called booby traps or improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Most appeared to be victim-activated and therefore banned under international…

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