Eradication policy? Syrian government demolished thousands of homes, report says

January 2014 SYRIA They arrived with bulldozers and ordered him to leave. When the Syrian restaurant owner asked why, he was threatened with detention. The security forces that had arrived unannounced that morning denied him permission to remove anything from the shop his grandfather had opened. He was forced to leave on foot, his motorcycle left behind. “As I was walking, I looked back and I saw the bulldozer demolishing my shop,” said the man, who’s from the Qaboun neighborhood in the Syrian capital of Damascus. “The shop was opened by my grandfather many years ago. I personally managed the restaurant for eight years. Before my eyes, all of my family’s hard work was destroyed in one second.” The man, Human Rights Watch says, is one of the thousands of Syrians who have seen their homes or other premises razed as part of what it says is a collective punishment by authorities against residents of opposition strongholds. In a report released Thursday, the New York-based rights group says the Syrian government “deliberately and unlawfully” demolished thousands of homes in rebel strongholds in the cities of Damascus and Hama in one year. It says satellite imagery taken over both cities revealed seven areas where neighborhoods have been largely demolished. None of the destruction was caused in combat, it said. Rather, the buildings were destroyed with bulldozers and explosives placed by troops who ordered residents to leave, then supervised the demolitions. “Wiping entire neighborhoods off the map is not a legitimate tactic of war,” Ole Solvang, an HRW emergencies researcher, said in a prepared statement.
“These unlawful demolitions are the latest additions to a long list of crimes committed by the Syrian government.” The 38-page report, “Razed to the Ground: Syria’s Unlawful Neighborhood Demolitions in 2012-2013” was released as government and opposition delegates attended peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland. It said state officials and pro-government media outlets have said the demolitions were part of urban planning efforts or the removal of illegally constructed buildings. However, HRW says the demolitions were supervised by military forces and often followed fighting in the areas between government and opposition forces. Claims of widespread abuses have been routinely leveled by the Syrian government and the opposition during almost three years of conflict in the country, which has killed more than 100,000 people and displaced millions. HRW said that as far as it could determine, there had not been similar demolitions in areas that generally support the government, although it said many houses in those areas were also allegedly built without necessary permits. It published before-and-after satellite images of the destruction, along with witness testimony. HRW said Syrian authorities flattened the districts in the year from July 2012, estimating the total built-up area destroyed at 145 hectares (360 acres) — the equivalent of 200 soccer fields — and said many of the buildings were apartment blocks up to eight stories high. –CNN
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2 Responses to Eradication policy? Syrian government demolished thousands of homes, report says

  1. TC says:

    There happens to be a conference going on and the West is looking for an excuse to cut it short and attack Syria. That’s why these stories are coming out now. But why is this site fanning those flames? Is There happens to be a conference going on and the West is looking for an excuse to cut it short and attack Syria. That’s why these stories are coming out now. But why is this site fanning those flames? Is it their hope that a world war will provide more Utopia type stories?

    • Utopia: the Collapse says:

      World in turmoil

      I report the news. I don’t set political policy. If they’re spending their time reading this blog or leaning to its influences; in my opinion, they have too much free time on their hands, and are justifiably too incompetent to be holding office. I also have no faith in these corrupt political demagogues to make correct decisions in regard to alleviating human suffering on this planet. Corporations will continue to enrich and feed the war machine and repave the road for easy access to political tyranny and corruption, while unemployment continues to rise. Consequently, the leaders of countries will do what’s in their own selfish best interest, while the stream of refugees from these imploding countries, in civil war and turmoil, continues to swell. Human solutions have been tried and have miserably failed to address the mounting problems facing humanity over the centuries. Worst, they have proven woefully inadequate to address the deepening stages of crisis gripping the world. The archaic institutions of man are all crumbling. This acceleration will intensify with dizzying speed and humanity will soon live to regretfully savor the bitter taste of the fruits of malevolence it has sown across the land.

      The winds of turmoil are only now just beginning to blow across the face of the Earth. My advice to all of you is to batten down the hatches, because you haven’t seen anything yet.

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