Remnants of cluster incubator fired by Syrian regime at Qastoun village in Hama suburbs on June 8

A photo shows the remnants of a cluster munition incubator which was fired from a Syrian regime missile launcher at agricultural land around Qastoun village in the Sahel al Ghab region in the western suburbs of Hama governorate on June 8, 2020.

The Syrian regime has committed a violation of international humanitarian law through bombardment of such an indiscriminate and deliberate manner which does not distinguish between civilians and combatants, and which constitutes a war crime.

SNHR has documented hundreds of uses of cluster munitions against civilian areas by the Syrian regime’s forces, with these munitions continuing to pose a grave long-term threat to residents of these areas, particularly children, for many years to come. We have recorded hundreds of injuries caused by the explosion of the remnants of cluster munitions, and emphasize that the international community must intervene to protect civilians in Syria from these ongoing killing operations.