Fighting broke out on 10 December between opposition factions in the Jandares district of Afrin in northern Aleppo governorate due to a dispute over a house located in the town.
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There is talk among residents of Halfaya, a city north of Hama, that owners of homes damaged by the war may receive compensation of SYP 6 million. It is unclear where the funding for the compensation may be sourced, or which body would be responsible for distributing the money.
The head of Syria’s Forgery and Counterfeits Branch, Col. Wassim Maarouf, revealed last week that the agency had caught a network using fraudulent power of attorney to sell real estate belonging to Syrian expatriates and others who had left the country. The Forgery and Counterfeits Branch is part of the Criminal Security Department of the Ministry of Interior.
The following is an interview with Sawsan Abou Zainedin, a Syrian architect and urban development planner. She works as a researcher on addressing the challenges of Syria’s reconstruction and recovery with a number of organisations including with the Syrian Centre for Policy Research and the Syrian Women’s Political Movement.
The head of the Security and Military Committee in Aleppo, Major-General Salim Khalil Harba, formed a committeeto hold a public auction to lease agricultural lands belonging to people who were forcibly displaced from 11 villages in rural southern Aleppo.
The Damascus Countryside governorate last week launched a campaign to demolish what it calls “building violations” in various parts of rural Damascus. The campaign included buildings in Darayya, Jdeidet Artouz, Sahnaya and Harasta, though official pro-government media only focused its attention on the demolition of buildings in the town of Al-Sabboura that had not been constructed according to building regulations.
The industrial complex for repairing cars in Damascus’s Qadam neighbourhood remains only partly functional, despite claims by the government that it has been rehabilitated. The fate of the complex is unclear in light of the government’s intentions to restrict all car-related occupations to a car expo centre complex under construction in Al-Dweir, northeast of the capital city.
According to the Real Estate Development and Investment Law No. 15 of 2008, so-called “real estate development zones” include properties both within and outside zoning plans. The properties needed to set up a real estate development zone are secured either from state property, from the properties of the local administrative unit, the private properties of development companies or from the properties of private individuals.
The city of Damascus has seen three zoning plans: the first issued in 1937, followed by another in 1968 and another in 2001. Since 2015, there has been talk of issuing new zoning plans yet again.
Zoning plans transform makeshift, informally built neighbourhoods into organised areas—that is, from zones with building violations where construction is not legally permitted into areas where builders can obtain construction permits, allowing for services to be delivered. Zoning plans are the mechanism through which the laws and decrees of real estate development and zoning are implemented, and informal residential areas are eliminated.
Hama governorate is carrying out a major demolition campaign against what it calls “building violations” in various parts of Hama city. The campaign has targeted housing, warehouses, and factories whose rubble was seized while the owners of the properties were transferred to the judiciary.
The opposition-affiliated city council for Al-Bab in northern Aleppo governorate announced on November 9 that a committee tasked with surveying properties in the city’s Jabal Aqeil district would soon finish its work. The council called on real estate and landowners in the district to review the survey by no later than December 9 in case they have objections.
On November 20, a delegation from Russia’s Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities visited a new large-scale residential development under construction in the western Damascus countryside. Accompanying the Russian delegation were representatives from the Syrian Ministry of Public Works and Housing and the General Housing Establishment (GHE).
Since it regained control over wide swathes of the southern Idlib countryside in late 2019, the Syrian government has deliberately transformed the city of Khan Sheikhoun into an administrative centre for Idlib governorate, while the opposition maintains control over Idlib city.
In the first step of its kind, an opposition-affiliated municipal council in northern Syria adopted zoning plans made for the town when it was under Syrian government control. More importantly, the plans were adopted after obtaining the agreement of town residents, which may be the first time such a step has been taken since the Baath Party took over in 1963.
Property confiscation and expropriation in Syria are often addressed from an administrative and legal viewpoint, while property owners and their stories are ignored. In this short story, The Syria Report attempts to add a human dimension to a true story of property confiscation. Several personal details have been omitted to protect the property owner’s family.
Syria’s housing needs are greater than ever—and the issue must be included in reconstruction strategies, as active warfare dies down in much of the country, argues Syrian economist Samir Aita in a new report, Urban Recovery Framework for Post-Conflict Housing in Syria, published in September 2020.
The General Housing Establishment (GHE), which is affiliated with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, announced last week that it had released the zoning plans for a new residential suburb development called “The Green City” in the Maarouneh area outside Damascus. Those who may be impacted by the construction project have one month to submit objections.
Syria’s Counterterrorism Court was established byLaw No. 22 of 2012, with the purpose of implementing the provisions of Anti-Terrorism Law No. 19 of that same year. The court is politically biased and directed at retribution towards opponents of the regime, generalising them as “terrorists,” which allows it to confiscate their properties.
On November 15, the Minister for Local Administration and Environment Hussein Makhlouf told the pro-regime Al-Watan newspaper that his government had taken measures to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees, including securing housing units to shelter those whose homes had been temporarily damaged.