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Syrian Official: 3,000 Persons Submit Demands to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Published : 16-03-2019

Syrian Official: 3,000 Persons Submit Demands to Return to Yarmouk Camp

Member of Damascus Executive Committee Samir AlJazaerli said 3,000 persons have submitted applications to return to their homes in Yarmouk Camp.

On February 4, a petition was handed over by the residents of Yarmouk Camp to Damascus governor Adel Anwar AlAlabi, urging local authorities to smooth the return of displaced families to their homes.

The 200-page petition, signed by 3,000 residents of Yarmouk Camp, called on the Syrian authorities to work on facilitating their immediate return to their homes and to rehabilitate destroyed infrastructure and facilities. The residents expressed their readiness for voluntary work and to actively take part in reconstruction works.

Syrian media outlets quoted AlJazaerli as stating that existing risks make it impossible for him to green-light the return of families to cracked homes, saying that efforts have been underway to re-assess the condition of Yarmouk buildings and that a deal is about to be struck with the General Company for Engineering Studies and Consulting to that end.

AlJazaerli added that the 2004 organizational plan issued by the local committee and approved by the Ministry of Local Administration is no longer adequate owing to the “terrorist acts” carried out in the area.

The official also said that part of the old Yarmouk Camp is state property, which implies that the residents are not entitled to own the land but only the property built on it. In other areas of the camp the residents are entitled to own both.

He said a proposal was put forth by Damascus Governorate to build additional floors to families whose homes were destroyed.

According to the official, reconstruction projects will see the day as soon as they are green-lighted by the Executive Office and the Regional Committee.

He said a local services department is to be established in the next few days to replace Yarmouk’s local committee. The civil committee will also be reactivated to carry on debris-clearance. Some 100 million Syrian Pounds have reportedly been allotted to that end.

AlJazaerli also pointed out the legal hurdles facing civilians’ return to Yarmouk Camp, saying serious measures will be taken to verify ownership documents and make sure that homes are not misappropriated.

He said several cases of disagreement over ownership have emerged after a number of civilians purchased property by means of verbal and unofficial contracts. A committee was formed in accordance with Law No. 10 of Decree 66 to work out such conflicts over ownership. Only officially accredited documents will be taken into account.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8441

Member of Damascus Executive Committee Samir AlJazaerli said 3,000 persons have submitted applications to return to their homes in Yarmouk Camp.

On February 4, a petition was handed over by the residents of Yarmouk Camp to Damascus governor Adel Anwar AlAlabi, urging local authorities to smooth the return of displaced families to their homes.

The 200-page petition, signed by 3,000 residents of Yarmouk Camp, called on the Syrian authorities to work on facilitating their immediate return to their homes and to rehabilitate destroyed infrastructure and facilities. The residents expressed their readiness for voluntary work and to actively take part in reconstruction works.

Syrian media outlets quoted AlJazaerli as stating that existing risks make it impossible for him to green-light the return of families to cracked homes, saying that efforts have been underway to re-assess the condition of Yarmouk buildings and that a deal is about to be struck with the General Company for Engineering Studies and Consulting to that end.

AlJazaerli added that the 2004 organizational plan issued by the local committee and approved by the Ministry of Local Administration is no longer adequate owing to the “terrorist acts” carried out in the area.

The official also said that part of the old Yarmouk Camp is state property, which implies that the residents are not entitled to own the land but only the property built on it. In other areas of the camp the residents are entitled to own both.

He said a proposal was put forth by Damascus Governorate to build additional floors to families whose homes were destroyed.

According to the official, reconstruction projects will see the day as soon as they are green-lighted by the Executive Office and the Regional Committee.

He said a local services department is to be established in the next few days to replace Yarmouk’s local committee. The civil committee will also be reactivated to carry on debris-clearance. Some 100 million Syrian Pounds have reportedly been allotted to that end.

AlJazaerli also pointed out the legal hurdles facing civilians’ return to Yarmouk Camp, saying serious measures will be taken to verify ownership documents and make sure that homes are not misappropriated.

He said several cases of disagreement over ownership have emerged after a number of civilians purchased property by means of verbal and unofficial contracts. A committee was formed in accordance with Law No. 10 of Decree 66 to work out such conflicts over ownership. Only officially accredited documents will be taken into account.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8441