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28-04-2021
The Syrian Civil Code has not explicitly defined so-called “dissolved” (Mahlolah) real estate properties, but its definition can be deduced from the context of Private State Property Law No. 252 of 1959: they are any real estate properties resulting from inheritances that have no heir, or that have an heir to whom ownership laws do not apply. Also, a property may also be considered “dissolved” if it is an Amiri land that has gone unused for five years.
28-04-2021
In a leaked audio recording published by pro-opposition activists on social media, a militia commander loyal to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard in Daraa talked of reversing seizures of property owned by opposition sympathisers if they agree to join pro-Iran militias.
28-04-2021
Heavy winds toppled 18 temporary housing units in the Tarmala displacement camp in northern Idlib governorate this past winter, depriving dozens of people from safe housing. The cement-block homes had major structural defects, indicating possible corruption within the contractors constructing the camp.
21-04-2021
Informally built districts--or ashwa’iyat, as they are referred to in Arabic--have long been a complex legal issue in Syria, amid decades of population growth and mass migration to cities without proper existing housing to accommodate newcomers.
21-04-2021
Around 1,000 families currently live in partially damaged homes or retail shops in the East Ghouta town of Hammouriyeh, though three years have passed since the Syrian regime recaptured the area.
21-04-2021
The majority-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are preventing displaced residents from returning to the village of Kafr Naya in northern rural Aleppo governorate five years after capturing the village. Residents have been unable to return to their houses and farmland, some of which the YPG has reportedly handed out to its loyalists, members and leaders’ families. Remaining properties in the village were converted into military training sites, as well as offices for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).
21-04-2021
For much of 2019 and early 2020, northern Hama and southern Idlib governorates were under a barrage of near daily airstrikes and artillery fire, as pro-regime forces sought to recapture the area from rebels.
14-04-2021
With Lebanon’s economy in freefall, Syrian families and other undocumented foreigners are suffering an “unseen” housing crisis, unable to keep up with rent and often facing one unlawful eviction after the other.
14-04-2021
In 2012, towards the very beginning of the conflict in Syria, opposition figures like Mutasem Syoufi had hoped that one day, a transitional government could take over from the Assad regime and pave the way for justice after decades of human rights abuses.
14-04-2021
The Syrian government has introduced a new real estate sales tax law in a bid to increase state revenue, compounding upward pressure on property prices that have already soared as a result of the steep depreciation of the Syrian pound.