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30-06-2021
Returns to the city of Darayya in Damascus’ West Ghouta area remain selective and partial, amid a lack of basic public services. However, it seems that even these limited returns have become a major factor for funding service rehabilitation in the city, as authorities depend on aid and donations from returning residents for funding in return for allowing returnees to repair their private properties.
23-06-2021

Although fighting in the city of Homs ended in 2014 and rebel fighters were expelled from the city that year, the demolition of damaged buildings continues to this day on safety grounds.

16-06-2021

The Damascus governorate is still preventing residents of the informally built Al-Asali neighbourhood from returning to their homes, more than three years after regime forces seized the area. Only those who have obtained prior approval from security forces have been able to visit their properties and assess their condition.

09-06-2021

The Court of Appeals in Damascus has rejected hundreds of cases that were submitted to challenge rulings issued by the Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC), which handles conflicts and objections related to real estate properties in Damascus’s second development zone, known as Basilia City.

09-06-2021

In addition to the heat which is affecting crops and creating fires across all agricultural lands in Syria, farmers in the Al-Ghab Plain, which is partially under opposition control, are racing to harvest their wheat crop, fearing it will be burned  by regime bombardment of their land. The regime appears to be deliberately starting the fires in order to prevent farmers who have not obtained the approval of regime officers from cultivating their lands.

09-06-2021

In early June, dozens of displaced people returned to their homes in the villages of Al-Shiyah, Al-Shomareh, Al-Alali and Al-Mudowareh in the Lajat area in the western part of the Suweida governorate. The Lajat largely consists of grey, volcanic rock with scattered patches of arable land.

02-06-2021

In early 2020, Ibrahim, who resides in Sweden, sold his agricultural land on the outskirts of the city of Hassakeh, in northeastern Syria, to his cousin Shaffan. The sale contract was handwritten, and included details such as the real estate number, location, and surface area of the property. The contract also included Ibrahim’s and Shaffan’s fingerprints, as well as signatures of witnesses from their family, and the price of the land as estimated by a local real estate office.

02-06-2021

The Afrin Liberation Forces, which are part of the majority-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), have converted the town of Mennegh and its surrounding villages in the northern part of Aleppo governorate into a military zone. Mennegh has been empty of residents since the YPG forcibly displaced them in February 2016 with Russian air support.

02-06-2021

Three years since regime forces recaptured the city of Talbiseh in the northern part of the Homs governorate, residents are still facing difficulties in rehabilitating and repairing their properties damaged during battles and bombardment. To get around the challenges, they are partnering with real estate agents linked to the regime for connections or “wasta”.

26-05-2021

The Eighth Brigade of the Russian-backed Fifth Corps, which has complete control over the city of Bosra Al-Sham in the eastern half of Daraa governorate, is preventing displaced Shia residents from returning, despite attempts at reconciliation between the two sides.

19-05-2021

Some 20 families returned to the town of Bassimeh in the western countryside of Damascus, last week, state-run news agency SANA reported, adding that the returnees had begun removing rubble from their houses to make them fit for living.

19-05-2021

Most residents of the Damascus suburb of Qaboun, who were forcibly displaced to opposition-held areas in northwestern Syria, have been unable to submit objections to the new zoning plans for the neighbourhood, rendering them unable to prove their property ownership rights.

12-05-2021

On April 14, Idlib attorney general Ziad Al-Sharifeh told the pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan that real estate cases there are on hold due to the governorate’s lack of complete records. He urged officials to open a Supplementary Land Registry, noting that if the government were to regain complete control over Idlib, then that registry could be audited and transferred to the main land registry.