ISIS explosives cause civilian casualties in liberated Syrian town


Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS). File photo

ARA News

HASAKAH At least one civilian was killed and two others injured as a result of the explosion of leftovers of explosives planted by the Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province, the Kurdish police reported on Saturday. 

“An ISIS landmine exploded in the town of Tel Hamis, causing three casualties from one family. A father died immediately and his two children were taken to the hospital after suffering from serious injuries,” Daham Ibrahim, an eyewitness on the incident, told ARA News from Tel Hamis in Hasakah province. 

According to activists, unexploded devices are a daily threat to civilians in the areas liberated from ISIS extremists.

“The Asayish Forces warned people not to get close to explosives and report them immediately to the nearest office of Asayish security forces,” the Kurdish police –also known as Asayish in Kurdish– said in a statement.

“The unexploded devices and booby traps pose a daily threat to the people who are now trying to return home. 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,” Frédéric Maio, Handicap International’s Mine Action Program Development Manager, said in an earlier statement.

In cooperation with allied SDF forces and with the support of the U.S.-led coalition, Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have expelled ISIS from the Tel Hamis town in Hasakah countryside in early 2015.

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News

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