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Syrian Authorities Seeking to Rehabilitate Palestinian Yarmouk Camp at Lowest Cost

Published : 09-06-2020

Syrian Authorities Seeking to Rehabilitate Palestinian Yarmouk Camp at Lowest Cost

Syria’s Local Administration and Environment Minister Hussein Makhlouf revealed that the Damascus Countryside Governorate will remove the rubble in al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, southern Damascus, to secure the return of displaced residents, adding that work is underway for the return of the residents of Yarmouk Camp, reported the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Minister Makhlouf added that one of the scenarios which has the lowest cost and which is the fastest has been chosen for rehabilitating Yarmouk Camp in a modern way.

Last week, activists and residents of Yarmouk camp urged Damascus Governor to reply to a memorandum they submitted on February 4, 2019 and which was signed by nearly 3,000 residents, urging local authorities to smooth the return of displaced families to their homes.

The residents expressed their readiness for voluntary work and to actively take part in reconstruction works.

Last year, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) published the results of an assessment of the damage to Syrian cities caused by seven years of relentless bombardment by the incumbent regime and its allies since 2011.

The analysis found out that as many as 5,489 buildings were destroyed in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. The damage atlas used satellite-detected damage analysis to identify buildings that are either destroyed, or severely or moderately damaged.

Most of Palestinian families taking shelter south of Damascus fled Yarmouk as a result of the tough blockade imposed by the government troops and also after ISIS grabbed hold of the camp on April 1, 2015.

Scores of other stranded families fled the camp following the 33-day military operation launched by the government forces on April 19, 2018. The Syrian government regained control over the camp and southern Damascus towns following the military operation. Dozens of civilians were killed and dozens more injured. Over 80% of buildings have gone either totally or partially destroyed.

A number of activists have warned of ongoing attempts to alter the demographic character of the camp and blur its identity as a living witness to the Palestinian refugee plight.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10210

Syria’s Local Administration and Environment Minister Hussein Makhlouf revealed that the Damascus Countryside Governorate will remove the rubble in al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, southern Damascus, to secure the return of displaced residents, adding that work is underway for the return of the residents of Yarmouk Camp, reported the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Minister Makhlouf added that one of the scenarios which has the lowest cost and which is the fastest has been chosen for rehabilitating Yarmouk Camp in a modern way.

Last week, activists and residents of Yarmouk camp urged Damascus Governor to reply to a memorandum they submitted on February 4, 2019 and which was signed by nearly 3,000 residents, urging local authorities to smooth the return of displaced families to their homes.

The residents expressed their readiness for voluntary work and to actively take part in reconstruction works.

Last year, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) published the results of an assessment of the damage to Syrian cities caused by seven years of relentless bombardment by the incumbent regime and its allies since 2011.

The analysis found out that as many as 5,489 buildings were destroyed in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees. The damage atlas used satellite-detected damage analysis to identify buildings that are either destroyed, or severely or moderately damaged.

Most of Palestinian families taking shelter south of Damascus fled Yarmouk as a result of the tough blockade imposed by the government troops and also after ISIS grabbed hold of the camp on April 1, 2015.

Scores of other stranded families fled the camp following the 33-day military operation launched by the government forces on April 19, 2018. The Syrian government regained control over the camp and southern Damascus towns following the military operation. Dozens of civilians were killed and dozens more injured. Over 80% of buildings have gone either totally or partially destroyed.

A number of activists have warned of ongoing attempts to alter the demographic character of the camp and blur its identity as a living witness to the Palestinian refugee plight.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10210