HLP

09-09-2020

Specialised crews are extracting and then selling iron rebar from demolished roofs in the city of Saraqib east of Idlib city, with protection from regime forces who took control of the area after virtually all residents fled earlier this year. The rebar extraction is rendering the targeted houses unsuitable for living, and vulnerable to collapse.

09-09-2020

Studies have begun to build alternative housing for residents whose properties were damaged or confiscated in Wadi Barada, a river valley in the Zabadani area, northwest of the capital, possibly to resettle people from the nearby towns of Ain Al-Fijeh and Bassimeh, who are still barred from returning to their homes.

09-09-2020

Continued bombing and fighting in northeastern Syria between the majority Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) is preventing displaced residents from returning to their villages along the territorial dividing lines. Groups of SNA are also reportedly seizing some civilian homes on the front lines to fortify their positions.

02-09-2020

The Damascus governorate last week issued a decision to delay issuing the final zoning plan for the Yarmouk Palestinian district in Damascus, which was largely destroyed in recent years as various factions battled for control of it. The delay came after objections to the plan from local residents themselves, as well as from Palestinian political forces in Syria and abroad.

02-09-2020

The Syrian constitution considers private property to be a right and that it cannot be confiscated except through an expropriation law that derives its legitimacy from the concept of "the public benefit." But who determines public benefit? And what happens when properties are expropriated, and public benefit is not achieved?

26-08-2020

The Lattakia Provincial Council sent a recommendation in July to the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment to cancel expropriations along most of the coastal strip, given that none of the planned projects have been implemented since the properties were seized 45 years ago. However, it is unlikely that the ministry will heed the recommendation or reverse the expropriations.

12-08-2020

A popular backlash has pushed the Kurdish-led administration of northeast Syria to repeal a law regulating the management of properties owned by "absentees" just one week after authorities issued the text. Officials said they halted the implementation of the law following "misunderstandings and different interpretations of its articles."

12-08-2020

In recent weeks, as the date for the release of Aleppo’s new zoning plan approaches, the city’s council has stepped up monitoring in the destroyed eastern neighbourhoods. Municipal police are cracking down on construction sites and property owners who are trying to restore their buildings without permits.