Syria accused of planting landmines near borders

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Syria accused of planting landmines near borders

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Syria has been accused of planting landmines near its borders as thousands of refugees try to escape the conflict.

The advocacy group, Human Rights Watch, says it has documented multiple accounts from witnesses in Turkey, Lebanon and inside Syria who have either seen Syrian troops laying or been hurt by mines.

It is unclear however, exactly how many people have been injured by the munitions because activists say most casualties avoid state hospitals when they are wounded.

In response to continuing allegations of atrocities, the United Nations says it will soon deploy monitors in countries bordering Syria to collect eyewitness testimony.

In some of the latest unverifiable footage to emerge, a sniper appears to hit a man trying to drag another to safety.

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