Dozens of locals of the villages extending from al-Tuwaina town, 11 km west of Hasakah to the western entrance of the city of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, have protested on Tuesday against a decision issued by the Agriculture Committee to vacate the shops and buildings that were established in the villages of the town, within a week because they belong to the public properties.
The protesters lit tires and wheels near Hasakah - Tal Tamr highway, at the village of al-Ankazi and raised the slogan: "No for Forced Displacement.”
Salem al-Batah, a resident of the village of al-Ankazi, said that he received a notice to evacuate his house, even though he has lived in the village since the 1960s, after the Syrian government granted him a piece of land on usufruct contracts and he pays the fees.
Fasla al-Ahmad from Um al-Meleh village, said that they obtained their lands more than 60 years ago according to lease and usufruct contracts, expressing her confusion about their situation if they were deported and displaced from their house.
During the last period, residents of this area received notifications from al-Shaab Municipality in al-Tuwaina, stipulating the evacuation of shops and farms that were constructed on public properties, with a warning to remove building violations in the event that they were not evacuated.
In front of a house in the village of al-Ankazi, Ahmed Muhammad al-Othman, as the other protesters, is carrying cards showing that the Syrian government had given him a piece of land, in accordance with the Agrarian Reform Law, said: "However, some people have seized public properties," noting that these cases are known in the region.
The Agriculture Authority of the Autonomous Administration, according to a member of the committee for monitoring violations and encroaching on public properties, Aldar Khalaf told North-Press that the piece of the land of al-Tuwaina town, amounts to 12 thousand dunums, half of which is public property, but some people turned it into residential units in order to be sold, which is against the law.
"Building violations that took place on the road, in particular, will be demolished, while other building violations will be discussed, based on the economic situation of their residents," he said.
Khalaf added that about 250 houses that were illegally built, including 57 houses on the road, whose owners were told to evacuate.
In a statement issued yesterday, the General Administration of the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) in al-Jazira region, denied what was reported by the media outlets about the intention of the Asayish to seize the houses and transform them into a military zone, adding that their role is limited to applying laws, according to decrees issued by the Legislative Council and the Administrative Authorities of the Autonomous Administration in north-eastern Syria.