Two children in Iraq were seriously injured when they mistakenly used grenades as toys.
On November 20th local time, Iraqi media quoted police sources as saying that on the evening of the 19th, two children in Sadr City, northeast of Baghdad, mistakenly used a grenades as a toy while playing in a house, and were seriously injured, causing some damage to the house. Iraqi security forces rushed to the scene and sent the injured children to a nearby hospital for treatment.
As a result of years of war, Iraqi civilians have very common weapons, and almost every household has guns. The large number of militias on the ground are of different sizes and lack unified management, which also aggravates the loss of weapons. In recent years, the Iraqi government has tried to recover weapons from the civilian population, but progress has been slow and with little effect.
In addition, the safety of local children is also threatened by frequent rocket attacks. On November 17, several rockets accidentally bombed nearby homes during the attack on the Green Zone of Baghdad, killing one child on the spot.
The United Nations Children’s Fund calls on Iraqi domestic groups to exercise restraint and stop such attacks so as not to cause more child casualties.