In al-Hajar al-Aswad, south of Damascus, buildings are steadily being demolished—regardless of whether they are structurally sound—with the rubble sold for profit under the eyes of regime forces. Some fear demolitions could be a precursor to expropriations under redevelopment plans.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited China for the first time in nearly 20 years this week, deepening ties between the two countries in the hopes of increased financial support that may not be forthcoming.
The use of private generators for electricity has been widespread for years in Syria, but expanded around Damascus in recent months amid signs of regime authorities moving to increasingly codify and regularize the informal trade.
Darayya’s al-Khalij neighborhood ‘unoccupied, destroyed houses’ as hopes of return fade seven years into regime control
For former residents of Darayya’s al-Khalij neighborhood southwest of Damascus, hopes of return are fading as fears of property violations mount seven years after the regime retook control. Residents are not allowed to return, but many also find themselves unable to sell.
After deeming Damascus and Reef Dimashq safe for return in 2019, Denmark is now reassessing the right of Syrians from Latakia and Tartus to stay in Denmark on the grounds it is safe for them to go back to Syria.
Many families in East Ghouta and other settlement areas struggle to obtain vital records due to the displacement of a spouse, loss of original documents or refusal by Damascus to recognize opposition records.
US-backed Maghawir al-Thawra commander replaced, amid internal disagreements and corruption allegations
The US-led international coalition removed and replaced the commander of the Maghawir al-Thawra faction in late September, in a move surrounded by internal disagreements, allegations of corruption and questions about the future of Rukban camp.
In cautious phone calls and coded language, people in northern Syria displaced from East Ghouta reach out to the loved ones they left behind in regime-controlled areas.
Op-Ed: 9 years after the Ghouta chemical attack, witnesses and relatives of the victims continue on a long path towards justice
Nine years after a chemical weapons attack killed and injured nearly 12,000 people in the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, survivors, witnesses and family members are still fighting for justice, writes Mohamad Katoub.
Dozens of Syrians who lost residency in Denmark have fled and applied for asylum in other EU countries. But under the Dublin Regulation, many are being sent back to Danish territory.