Landmine kills child, injures father in southern Deir ez-Zor

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – A child lost his life and his father was injured in a landmine blast, likely of the war remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS), at the town of al-Shola in the southern countryside of Deir Ez-Zor, eastern Syria.

A local source told North Press, “Twelve-year-old child Yihya Hamdan lost his life while his father sustained injuries in all of his body in a landmine explosion of the ISIS war remnants in the al-Shola desert, south of Deir ez-Zor.”

The source added that mine exploded with the child and his father while they were searching for desert truffles. The father was taken to the al-Assad Hospital in Deir ez-Zor and he is in a critical condition due to receiving shrapnel in his head and chest.

Remnants of war spread heavily in Deir ez-Zor countryside given that the region was the last stronghold for ISIS before its defeat in 2018.

On Thursday, a child lost his life and others were injured in a similar explosion in the town of al-Husainiyah, 5 km north of Deir ez-Zor.

Reporting by Hatem Bashar