More than two and a half years after their displacement, residents have returned to some villages in the Al-Lajat area of rural northeastern Daraa governorate with Russian support, while the residents of other surrounding villages are still delaying their return home until certain promises are met.
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The Municipality of Raqqa—or the Municipality of the People in Raqqa, as it is officially called—began a campaign on January 24 to demolish and remove dozens of homes and shops that were deemed to have been built in violation of building code.
Decree No. 66 of 2012, which provides for the establishment of two new development zones in Damascus, specified who would be able to obtain alternative housing and rental allowance as part of ensuing construction plans.
Nearly two years after pro-Iranian Shia militias seized farmlands west of the city of Mayadeen in Deir-ez-Zor governorate, owners of the lands are still barred from access.
Over the course of 2020, three rounds of public auctions were held to invest in lands belonging to people displaced from formerly opposition-held territory in rural Hama, Idlib and Aleppo governorates. The first was to invest in the pistachio crop, the second for olive picking and the third for cultivating wheat. These auctions were organised by the security and military committees in these governorates, through the government-affiliated Farmer Leagues.
On January 14, the administrative committee for the Damascus International Airport Suburb, also called the Sakka Suburb, forcibly evicted a family just days after the death of the father, who was a retired airport employee. The committee did not provide the family with alternative housing, but instead raided the house and seized its assets, explaining that “only current airport employees are entitled to employee housing”.
More than two years after some residents returned to the formerly embattled East Ghouta town of Harran Al-Awamid, many still suffer from regime forces’ takeover of some homes, and are barred from rebuilding many of their properties, whether partially or completely destroyed in the war.
Displaced people from Hujeira, a town south of Damascus, are required to obtain prior security approval from the General Intelligence Directorate before returning to their homes, years after most of them fled battles in the area.