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.
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Russia is attempting to purchase real estate in Aleppo’s Handarat Palestinian refugee camp through an allied Syrian-Palestinian militia, with the goal of converting the area into a military base at the northern entrance to the city.
After a long wait, official government statements have begun to indicate residents may be allowed to return to the city of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad south of Damascus, though no concrete action has yet been taken to enable that.
Shopkeepers in the historic Al-Naoureh Souq of Homs have been warned to rehabilitate their damaged shops within a period of 60 days, according to a statement made by Homs City Council member Rasmi Al-Sibai in early February.
The Syrian government allowed residents to return to the town of Heteitat Al-Turkman in East Ghouta in 2018, but much of the town, which sits along the airport highway, is still considered a closed security zone. In addition, many of the town’s properties have been confiscated from their owners.
The issue of the so-called “Amiri lands” has returned to the fore in Syria amid talk that the state could take back such properties from people who were forcibly displaced to opposition-held territory.
There are numerous social housing projects in Syria built by state-owned entities and established with the aim of supplying low- or mid-priced housing. These projects have assumed various descriptions and designations and are subject to various legislative terms and conditions. Usually, the General Housing Establishment (GHE), affiliated with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, takes on the largest share in implementing Syria’s social housing projects.
An Iranian religious delegation inspected a handful of sites in Deir-ez-Zor city and the nearby countryside in January, shortly before construction work began on the sites with no apparent notice given to the owners.
The future of the Qaboun industrial zone, which sits on a strategic location at the northern entrance of Damascus, looks increasingly confusing after a series of contradictory statements from Syrian officials. For now, the government has allowed manufacturers to take back control of their factories, although its commitment has only been made orally.
Since January 2021, the municipality of Al-Zerbeh, a town located south of Aleppo city, has demolished dozens of properties belonging to allegedly pro-opposition residents displaced from the town as well as to opposition sympathisers who had been displaced from nearby villages. Municipal officials say the buildings were in violation of the construction code. The demolitions also targeted properties in neighbouring villages, as well as areas surrounding the nearby strategic M5 Highway that connects Aleppo and Damascus and passes near Al-Zerbeh.
Damascus’ Marota City has for years taken the media spotlight as an example of a reconstruction project that has yet to see any real results on the ground. However, discussion has grown in recent weeks around Marota’s sister construction project, Basilia City.
The population of Al-Shaab, a village in the eastern part of the Suweida governorate, has more than halved in recent years from its 2004 census count of 5,000 residents to under 2,000, according to local estimates. The village has seen multiple waves of migration over the course of the war, with residents scattering to other towns in eastern Suweida.
On January 28, judicial authorities in northeastern Syria issued a potentially problematic decree prohibiting certain lawsuits related to real estate in lands under their purview.
A high-ranking Syrian military official recently said that the government could seize the properties of men who have failed to perform their mandatory military service, while also threatening to seize their family members’ assets. These statements have raised controversy over how to interpret a key amendment to Syria’s military service law.
Over the past several years, farmers living in opposition–controlled areas near the frontlines in northern Hama’s Al-Ghab Plain have entered into an agreement with regime forces: farmers and their equipment are protected from bombs and snipers, in exchange for paying two separate taxes to the regime—one based on the total cultivated land area, and the […]
Damascus Governor Adel Al-Olabi told the pro-government newspaper Al-Watan on February 6 that out of the 1,200 official requests submitted by former residents of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp south of the capital, 500 have been approved, allowing those people to return to the now-empty camp. Approval came after applicants provided proof of property ownership in the camp, proof of the property’s safety, and security approval.
In January, the Aleppo City Council carried out a major campaign to remove what it calls “building violations” in the eastern half of the city, claiming to carry out the terms of Legislative Decree No. 40 of 2012 regarding the demolition of buildings that are deemed to be in violation of the construction code.
Ibrahim Diab, Damascus governorate’s director of urban planning, said in a radio interview on February 2 that a “draft zoning plan” for Barzeh, including the informally built Ish Al-Warwar district, was nearly ready. He added that the governorate is also working on a draft plan for the neighbouring informal district of Tishreen.
At the end of January 2021, the Syrian president issued Law No. 1 of 2021, granting the General Housing Establishment (GHE) an annual loan not exceeding SYP 5 billion to help fund the construction of so-called “labour housing.”
Despite the protection provided by Turkish forces to opposition-controlled areas in northwestern Syria, their long-term deployment has begun to raise issues related to the sites they occupy.