المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After eastern Ghouta | Regime security services take over civilians’ properties in south Damascus under “provisional seizure” decision

Damascus province: Reliable sources in the south of the capital, Damascus, have reported that the regime security services seized new real estate belonging to civilians under “provisional seizure” decision in the areas of Yalda, Beit Sahem and Babilla. As the security services have taken over nearly 50 houses, shops and residential units that had been military headquarters of the factions when they were controlling the area.

 

According to SOHR sources, most of the seized real estate belonged to civilians who have been forcibly disappeared in regime’s prisons, others living in north Syria region and refugees in other countries.

 

On June 18, reliable sources in eastern Ghouta told the Syrian Observatory that the regime’s security services seized several unites of real estates belonging to civilians who were under “provisional seizure” decision, some of whom left Syria, while others were in Syria in both regime-held areas and areas controlled by opposition factions in north Syria.

 

According to SOHR sources, nearly 48 houses, shops and land plots been taken over in Ain Tarma, Zamalka, Hazza and Arbin, after security services had notified inhabitants of the seized real estate to evacuate these units. It is worth noting that these inhabitants were relatives of the real owners of the seized units.

 

While on June 12, SOHR sources reported that the Syrian regime was following the same policy of punishing its oppositionists throughout Syria through arresting them, killing them with rockets and barrel bombs and taking over properties of civilians, both living in areas under or beyond the Syrian regime control. In this context, and as a part of its heinous practices, the Syrian regime has issued the Decision No. 10, known as “provisional seizure” decision, attempting to legalize its thefts of civilian properties. The recent time, the seizure of properties of oppositionists has been escalated greatly, particularly in the eastern neighbourhoods in Aleppo, and the provinces of Hama, Homs, Damascus and areas in Rif Dimashq. Moreover, regime security services in several areas have seized several properties which came under the terms of the Decision No. 10, and they forced the families and owners of these properties out. Meanwhile, some of these buildings have been left abandoned or inhabited by pro-regime individuals.

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