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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Beyond the Headlines Podcast: A war where even toys can kill

In this episode, we look at the devastating effects of booby traps and landmines

Children look from the window of their house that was damaged last summer during fighting between US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters and Islamic State militants/ Hussein Malla / AP
Children look from the window of their house that was damaged last summer during fighting between US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters and Islamic State militants/ Hussein Malla / AP

Extremist groups in Syria are planting landmines and booby traps all over the country with the intention of killing civilians. Even children aren't safe from bombs that are often disguised as toys.

In this week's Beyond the Headlines, we look at the situation in Syria and the growing civilian deaths from the perspective of humanitarian efforts aimed at helping those affected by these attacks.

Imad Aoun is a field communications adviser for Doctors Without Borders. We talk to him about a report he helped publish out of the organisation that presented their findings on the mine and booby trap situation in Syria.

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Beyond the Headlines, produced by Kevin Jeffers, is The National's weekly podcast for analysis and insight from the Middle East. Follow, subscribe and rate us at Apple Podcasts, Audioboom, Pocket Cast or your favourite podcasting application.