Human Rights Watch: "Syrian regime prevents displaced people from returning to their homes in Damascus and Rif Dimashq"
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The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that the Syrian government prevents forcibly displaced people (FDP) from returning to their homes in neighborhoods of Damascus and towns of Rif Dimashq.
On Wednesday, the HRW reported that Syrian FDP tried to return to their homes in the town of Daraya (7 kilometers west of Damascus) and the neighborhood of al-Qaboun in Damascus. However, the Syrian government forces illegally prevented them from reaching their properties.
The HRW added that it analyzed satellite images of al-Qaboun, which is currently controlled by the Syrian government, and observed extensive demolitions since May, 2017.
The deputy director of the HRW Middle East department, Lama al-Faqih, said that the Syrian government prevents refugees and FDP from returning by demolishing their houses and preventing them from reaching their property, despite calling for Syrians to return home. Al-Faqih noted that "donors who are thinking to fund the reconstruction have to understand that."
In 2017, the Syrian government forces displaced the people of the town of Daraya and the neighborhood of al-Qaboun after the people refused to reconcile with them after years of siege and continuous shelling, killing and wounding of thousands of civilians.