Out of 1,100 families | Security authorities allow 20 families from Al-Hajar Al-Aswad in Rif Dimashq to return home • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Out of 1,100 families | Security authorities allow 20 families from Al-Hajar Al-Aswad in Rif Dimashq to return home

SOHR activists have reported that the regime security forces have allowed nearly 20 families from Al-Hajar Al-Aswad in Rif Dimashq to return to their houses, after they had got security approvals. However, over 1,100 other families are still waiting for security approvals to return to their houses, where nearly 1,159 families appealed to return to the district.

It is worth noting that the operations of moving rubble and destruction of ramshackle buildings in the district are still going, in addition to reconstruction of seven schools in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad district.

As for services in the district, the electricity station in Rif Dimashq installs transfer centre to feed low voltage, with cooperation with some organizations to implement lighting of the primary streets in Teshrin and Al-Sawra neighbourhoods.

Moreover, the public institution for drinking water in Damascus set up two wells and two fountains for drinking water.

On September 5, Damascus province had started receiving requests from Al-Hajar Al-Aswad residents to fill forms for their return to rehabilitate their houses after security authority’s approvals.

while on September 2, Reef Dimashq Council had posted on “Facebook” that the council had reconstructed infrastructure of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad district with the support of the Syrian government and the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment, and prepared public services for the return of the district’s residents.

The head of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad local council “Khalid Khamis” said that the required applications are ownership of the house approved by authorities, in addition to a family statement and IDs, while “Khalid Khamis” confirmed that several residents started submitting the applications.

The regime government looks to rehabilitate the neighbourhoods to regain civilians’ trusts and convince them to return to their home towns despite the difficulties such as holding all those involved in the Syrian revolution against regime accountable, forcing young men to attend compulsory service and the arbitrary arrests against some residents who returned to their home.
Regime-held areas suffer the deterioration of living conditions due to the low value of the Syrian Lira, high prices and low salaries for workers and employees.

It is worth noting that “Al-Hajar Al-Aswad” district in Reef Dimashq had witnessed several events since the Syrian revolution including demonstrations against regime to overthrow it, and the control of several opposition factions over the area, ISIS and HTS, before regime forces and their militias regained the area and displaced many of its residents.

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