ISIS and the Assad regime fighting each other and with the free Syrian forces since 2011 have brought about destruction and human suffering on an enormous scale. The use of explosive devices alone leaves a legacy of explosive remnants, landmines, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and potentially unsecured ammunition storage areas.
Civilians throughout Syria are at constant risk of life-threatening accidents when accessing livelihoods, fleeing the conflict or even during the delivery of humanitarian aid. The danger posed by explosive remnants of war (ERW), especially IEDs, is estimated to affect over 6 million Syrians in both urban and rural areas. No credible estimate of the extent of contamination across Syria exists, although it is evident a major clearance operation is required. Protection of civilians, and the protection of humanitarian workers, is paramount.
What we do
ITF is currently working actively to secure funds necessary for the implementation of an explosive hazards clearance project, and a project aiming to educate the public about the risks posed by mine and other ERW in Syria.
For more information on ITF’s plans in Syria, we welcome you to consult our Portfolio of Projects.