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28-04-2021

In a leaked audio recording published by pro-opposition activists on social media, a militia commander loyal to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard in Daraa talked of reversing seizures of property owned by opposition sympathisers if they agree to join pro-Iran militias.

28-04-2021

Heavy winds toppled 18 temporary housing units in the Tarmala displacement camp in northern Idlib governorate this past winter, depriving dozens of people from safe housing. The cement-block homes had major structural defects, indicating possible corruption within the contractors constructing the camp.

21-04-2021

The majority-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are preventing displaced residents from returning to the village of Kafr Naya in northern rural Aleppo governorate five years after capturing the village. Residents have been unable to return to their houses and farmland, some of which the YPG has reportedly handed out to its loyalists, members and leaders’ families. Remaining properties in the village were converted into military training sites, as well as offices for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

14-04-2021

In 2012, towards the very beginning of the conflict in Syria, opposition figures like Mutasem Syoufi had hoped that one day, a transitional government could take over from the Assad regime and pave the way for justice after decades of human rights abuses.

14-04-2021

The Syrian government has introduced a new real estate sales tax law in a bid to increase state revenue, compounding upward pressure on property prices that have already soared as a result of the steep depreciation of the Syrian pound.

07-04-2021

Members of a Bedouin tribe who have been displaced since 2012 from the majority-Druze town of Ariqa, in the northwestern part of Suweida governorate are being prevented from returning despite multiple mediation attempts led by local figures.

07-04-2021

The Aleppo City Council has demolished and removed more than 50 informally built properties in the Al-Maasraniyeh neighbourhood, in preparation for the completion of a youth housing project in the area. The project threatens the property rights of hundreds of former residents who have been displaced from the area due to the war.

31-03-2021

A video published by pro-government media outlets in recent days appears to show live ammunition being fired at homes in the rural southern part of Aleppo governorate belonging to displaced people. The homes were reportedly converted into artillery, missile, and aerial practice targets under Russian military supervision.

24-03-2021

Decisions issued by the Syrian government’s Terrorism Court in absentia remain a source of concern for residents of Daraa governorate’s eastern countryside, despite the court’s inability to carry out its rulings in the area. Eastern Daraa remains outside the full control of Damascus, instead controlled by the Russian-backed Fifth Corps.

24-03-2021

Syrian official media outlets reported in recent days that residents had “returned” to the majority-Turkmen town of Qastal Maaf in the countryside of Lattakia governorate. Despite the accompanying celebration attended by the governor of Lattakia and local Baath Party leaders, those who reportedly returned may not in fact be the town’s original residents.

10-03-2021

Displaced Christian Syrians from the rural north of the Lattakia governorate are pressuring both the government and the church to allow them to return to their hometowns in regime-held areas that were retaken from the opposition in 2015. Regime forces and Iranian militias control these areas and allow residents to return only for short visits to check on their houses.