Hasakah Cantonal Council of North and East Syria established committee to address illegal encroachment on property of Syriac–Assyrian people in Khabur

HASAKAH, Syria — In response to the increasing instances of encroachment on the lands and churches of displaced Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people in the region, the Hasakah Cantonal Council has formed a committee to find a solution to the issue, according to Council member Simon Gerges Daoud.

The committee will monitor the violations and take the necessary measures against the violators. It will gather data about the displaced people and their living conditions, with the aim of returning them to their villages if they are safe or to the camps for the displaced.

The committee consists of representatives of the Canton Council, the Absentees’ Property Directorate of Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) People, and the Tel Tamer Council.

The committee members include Simon Gerges Daoud, Mahmoud Abdi Amin, Paulus Odisho, Muhammad Omar Dawe, and Mahmoud Khidir Khalaf.

The formation of the committee comes after several complaints from Syriac–Assyrian people in the villages of the Khabur River Valley. As a result, local representatives asked the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria to protect the property and places of worship of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people from illegal encroachments and protect the property of absentees.