… “The burden of Damascus.Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.”(Isaiah 17:1). (Emphasis added).
May 8, 2018. Damascus, Syria is a battleground between government troops and rebels. Syria is also home to Iran’s military and terrorist proxies. The Damascus area is known to house military complexes and store missiles and weaponry. Syrian state-run media said Israel struck a military outpost near the capital Damascus on Tuesday, saying its air defenses intercepted and destroyed two of the incoming missiles. The reported attack came an hour after President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, calling Tehran a main exporter of terrorism in the region. The official news agency SANA said without elaborating that the attack occurred in the countryside in Kisweh, just south of Damascus, an area known to have numerous Syrian army bases. Syrian TV earlier reported large explosions in the area. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missiles targeted depots and rocket launchers that likely belonged to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards in Kisweh, killing nine people.
Syria said Tuesday that Israel carried out an attack on a military base south of Damascus, which was used by Iranian forces. According to reports, Israeli fighter jets entered Syrian airspace and struck Iranian missiles aimed at Israel. The Israeli military said it identified what it said was unusual movements of Iranian forces in Syria, and it believed those forces were preparing for an imminent retaliation against Israel. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights attributed the attack to Israel and said it killed at least 15 people, including eight Iranians. Earlier, the watchdog said at least nine fighters loyal to the Assad regime had been killed. The state-run Syrian News agency quoted medical sources as saying two civilians were killed.
Some believe that Damascus will be completely and quickly destroyed in one night as opposed to a gradual destruction. Regardless of the amount of time it takes to destroy Damascus, the Bible is clear in that it will become a “ruinous heap.” The picture is a snapshot that suggests that at least a portion of Damascus has already become a ruinous heap in the pastmonths. I don’t believe anyone could live there. I don’t believe $Billions of dollars will be forthcoming to rebuild the city. Bashar Assad’s palace is still intact in the Northern suburbs of what is left of Damascus. Other areas of Damascus are still believed to have functioning military operations for government forces and Iranian toadies. With the continuing and escalating confrontations between Israel and Iran, it is just a matter of perhaps months, until Damascus becomes a complete and total “ruinous heap.” Assad is the insane, evil dictator who has killed his own people with chemical weapons and is widely considered a political stooge or puppet of Russia/Putin. He is being kept in power and propped up by Russia and Iran, so Russia can maintain its foothold in the Middle East (as the U.S. pulls out under Donald Trump). Iran’s strategy is to also keep Assad in power so they can have a military presence in Israel’s border or front yard. Damascus is the home base for Iran’s military presence in Syria.
NOVEMBER 12, 2018 / 9:25 AM / Reuters.
Syria extends time for post-war property claims under disputed law
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has amended a disputed land law that alarmed refugees and the countries hosting them, giving owners more time to register land claims. Law 10, passed in April, gave the Damascus government the right to redevelop urban areas that were damaged by war or that were built without formal approval or property deeds, part of its efforts to move toward reconstruction.
The law initially gave people only 30 days after an area was officially slated for redevelopment to prove they owned property there and apply for compensation – a time frame that aid groups said would be impossible for almost all refugees to cope with. Late on Sunday, Assad issued Law 42, extending this period to a year and adding other amendments including giving claimants more time to appeal verdicts, and letting them do so through the normal courts instead of through a dedicated judicial committee.
Those whose property is already registered in the government’s land registry do not have to prove ownership. Local authorities in Syria have not yet announced which areas they want to redevelop under Law 10, so the impact of the measure or how it may affect property owners have not yet been tested.
During Syria’s seven years of armed conflict half the pre-war 22 million population have fled their homes, with about five million seeking refuge abroad. In the chaos of war, many government buildings have been destroyed along with property records, while refugees and other displaced people have lost identity cards or land deeds, meaning it could take a long time to prove property rights.
For refugees abroad, getting power of attorney under Syrian law for a friend or relation back in Syria to apply on their behalf takes a minimum of three months, even if they both have all the right documents. It also requires security clearance – potentially a problem for people who fled districts that were rebel-controlled before being retaken by government forces.
Countries hosting refugees voiced concern over Law 10, saying its effect might be to prevent refugees from returning if they were to lose their property in Syria. Damascus has recovered control over more than half of Syria, including the country’s biggest cities, over the past three years of military advances, and wants to start reconstruction projects. Its opponents accuse the government of seeking to use such redevelopment of cities and towns where the uprising against Assad flared to effect demographic change, which it denies.
Reporting by Angus McDowall; Editing by Mark Heinrich