Al-Hasakah Province – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Reliable sources have informed SOHR that Al-Qamishli Municipality in areas under the control of the Autonomous Administration has stopped granting building permits to civilians and contractors until the end of August. SOHR sources in Al-Qamishli town have confirmed that a meeting was held recently in the Municipality, during which it was agreed on banning construction of buildings of three floors each, after it had been allowed to four-story and five-story buildings, especially by influential civilians and contractors who had patrons in the Municipality.
Meanwhile, civilians have compared this decision to the regime’s decision issued before Syria’s war, banning the construction work in Kurdish-controlled border areas for political reasons, particularly after the uprising by Syrian Kurds in the north-east of Al-Qamishli city on March 12, 2004.
It is worth noting that Al-Qamishli city experienced large construction work in the recent years, along with high prices of real estate. Such construction work provided many job opportunities for civilians in the region.
On January 27, SOHR sources say that unknown assailants targeted the mayor of Al-Sha’ab “al-Raqqah” with an IED explosion, while he was driving in the SDF-controlled city of Raqqa, causing only material damage.
According to SOHR sources, the current mayor of Al-Sha’ab took up his assignment after the arrest of the former mayor on corruption charges, supervising the removal of illegal buildings in Raqqa city.
On January 27, SOHR sources monitored the municipality of Raqqa of the “Autonomous Administration” demolishing about 70 houses at the Hazima roundabout in the city of Raqqa, which is considered a poor area. These houses were built illegally after paying bribes to officials in the province.
According to SOHR sources, the military and security forces forced 70 families to evacuate their homes at gunpoint, beating and insulting them. Some 400 members of SDF, HAT and Al-Asayish Forces participated in the demolition of the houses, with more than four armoured and Hummer vehicles and heavy vehicles used for demolition.