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24-02-2021
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.
24-02-2021
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.
24-02-2021
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.
24-02-2021
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.
17-02-2021
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.
17-02-2021
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 other on the harvest.
17-02-2021
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.
17-02-2021
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.
10-02-2021
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.
10-02-2021
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.