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25-11-2020
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.
25-11-2020
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.
25-11-2020
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.
25-11-2020
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.
18-11-2020
The Damascus Governorate Council has begun receiving requests for returns to the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp south of the capital after the governor made a visit to the camp last week to take stock of conditions on the ground. He observed ongoing rehabilitation work of the electricity and water stations and announced there was a need to expedite preparations of the camp’s infrastructure, as well as removing rubble.
18-11-2020
The Syrian National Army, which is affiliated with the opposition Syrian Interim Government, issued a decree in mid-October banning its armed factions from imposing taxes on fruit-bearing trees in the border areas that were captured in Turkish military operations, including the Afrin area northwest of Aleppo city.
18-11-2020
Prime Minister Hussein Arnous approved a contract in November between the Damascus Countryside Governorate and the General Company for Building and Construction— part of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing—to implement the road networks into a car expo centre outside Damascus two years after his predecessor laid the foundation stone for the complex.
18-11-2020
In mid-2020, hard-line Islamist group Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) started pressuring the Hurras Al-Deen group to leave the Christian village of Al-Ghassaniyeh in the countryside west of Jisr Al-Shughour, in the Idlib governorate. This pressure came amid a campaign by HTS to secure the passage of joint Russian-Turkish military patrols on either side of the M4 Aleppo-Lattakia Highway.
11-11-2020
In the predominantly Alawite coastal city of Jableh, in the Lattakia Governorate, the City Council announced last week that it had completed all preparations for launching a new industrial zone project within the city, despite the existence of another industrial zone on its outskirts.
11-11-2020
Residents of Deir Dama, a village in rural north-western Suweida, have been displaced from their homes since 2014. Despite massive destruction wrought on the village by military confrontations, their failure to return is also linked to local conflicts between Druze and Bedouins who live in the area.