Syrian Army Now Planting Landmines Along Borders

A total of 159 countries have joined the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. Syria is not one of them.

In recent weeks Syrian forces and months, have placed land-mines of Soviet and Russian origin near the borders of Lebanon and Turkey. Civilian casualties have already resulted.

The use of antipersonnel internationally banned land-mines will hurt Syrians for years to come. Antipersonnel mines are militarily ineffective weapons that mostly kill and injure civilians. A total of 159 countries have joined the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, which comprehensively prohibits the use, production, trade, and stockpiling of antipersonnel mines.

The size and origin of Syria’s land-mine stockpile is not known, but it is believed to consist mainly of Soviet/Russian-manufactured mines, such as the PMN-2 antipersonnel mines and TMN-46 anti-vehicle mines.

Guess who is providing the mines!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/human-rights-watch/syria-army-planting-banne_b_1345824.html?ref=world

jmdlive@live.ca

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