“Looting” followed by confiscation.. The properties of the displaced and Syrian refugees are being swallowed by their country

Alaa (a pseudonym) did not know in 2012 that he would pay dearly and in installments for his participation in the anti-regime protests, according to the volatility of the situation in his homeland, Syria.

The first time, when he was 22 years old, he was arrested in one of the security branches in his hometown of Aleppo after participating in a peaceful demonstration, then he was released a month later.

With the blockage of livelihood means, Alaa left Aleppo after two years to work as an accountant in nearby Turkey, without knowing that his security file had become classified as a “terrorist”, and that this would cause him trouble when he needed any legal document.

Days after Alaa arrived in Turkey, he received a report from his neighbors in Aleppo that a group loyal to the regime had seized his house in the Seif al-Dawla neighborhood.

Alaa’s shock in 2014 was stronger than the shock of arrest in 2012, because it carried with it, along with the confiscation of the house and the housing of 3 loyal families, a punishment he was not entrusted with. Safefa, knowing that this practice has spread throughout Syria since the regime in 2012 used weapons to quell the revolution against it, and those who carried it out at that time were members of the army, the security forces of the regime and its affiliated militias. In safe areas markets at cheap prices.

The stolen items included the merchandise of shops of all kinds and everything that could be carried from home possessions: kitchen utensils (spoons, plates, utensils, cups and cups) all the way to cooking pots of all kinds, passing through electrical appliances, household furniture, livestock heads, and new and used clothes. Later, the looters dismantled the water tanks and satellite dishes.

As a result, hundreds of tons of home furniture and belongings – especially electrical appliances – found their way to markets specialized in selling looted furniture, the most famous of which are located in areas inside and around Damascus, such as Duila’a, Jaramana, Kashkool, Dahiyat al-Assad, Mazzeh, and the cities of Sahnaya and Daraya.

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