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Bassam al-Mustafa thought that he had finally found his family a building they could call home, after years of attempting to escape Syria’s war. The house in Binnish, in rural Idlib province, was not finished, but would still be better than living in a tent in a camp for displaced people. Instead, in a cruel tragedy, an explosion in the house al-Mustafa’s family was just beginning to call home killed his four children on September 5. Al-Mustafa says the explosion was the result of unexploded ordnance that had been left behind in the house, a continuous problem for Syrians even as a relative quiet continues on the front lines between government and opposition forces in the country’s northwest. “I think my son Ahmed was curious and wanted to see what was inside a locked room on the second floor of the building,” al-Mustafa told Al Jazeera. “He unlocked the door and played with the unexploded ordnance with his siblings, and they were killed.” Al-Mustafa says he cannot understand why explosive material had been left in the house. “How can explosive materials be put in a residential building? Or in an urban area at all?” Civilians in Syria, particularly in the opposition-held northwest, continue to die as a result of the legacy of the intense fighting the area has seen since the war in Syria began in 2011. Landmines, along with other unexploded ordnance from the thousands of shells, missiles and bombs that government forces and their Russian allies have dropped, litter opposition-held territory. These ticking time bombs are a major threat to people’s lives.
Biography of a Bomb
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