Iraq’s Commission of Integrity Recovers 1,376 Properties

This picture taken on August 16, 2022 shows a view of a bridge over Tigris river in Iraq's capital Baghdad amidst a dust storm. (AFP)
This picture taken on August 16, 2022 shows a view of a bridge over Tigris river in Iraq's capital Baghdad amidst a dust storm. (AFP)
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Iraq’s Commission of Integrity Recovers 1,376 Properties

This picture taken on August 16, 2022 shows a view of a bridge over Tigris river in Iraq's capital Baghdad amidst a dust storm. (AFP)
This picture taken on August 16, 2022 shows a view of a bridge over Tigris river in Iraq's capital Baghdad amidst a dust storm. (AFP)

The Iraqi Commission of Integrity announced Monday the restoration of 1,376 properties that had been illegally acquired by powerful persons and parties, to state ownership.

The Commission confirmed it is also in the process of recovering another 6,000 properties, pending the response of concerned real estate departments.

There are more than 10,000 state owned properties that the Commission documented as illegally acquired by persons or parties in Iraq.

In a statement, the Commission said its efforts to restore state property and real estate are part of its mission to preserve public funds in accordance with the work of the Diwani Order Committee.

“The Diwani Order Committee is following up with the relevant real estate registration departments to restore 6,000 properties while it is investigating the rest of the properties whose fate is still unknown,” it said.

According to a source familiar with the file, the illegal acquisition of state properties was carried out, in most cases, through gangs and groups supported by influential parties.

The source told Asharq Al-Awsat: “Some state properties are seized by ordinary people who chose to reside in them as in the case of the slums spread in Baghdad and other governorates.”

Also, the source said other state-owned lands and properties were seized by armed factions, which have used them as their headquarters.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ali Allawi submitted his resignation on Tuesday during a cabinet meeting.

He did not disclose the reason for his decision.

Caretaker Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi accepted the resignation.

Some observers believe Allawi’s move is a precursor to his appointment as prime minister to form a new government.

However, economic analysts said his resignation could be linked to his failure to implement the Food Security Law, which was approved by parliament two months ago.

The bill allocates about $17 billion for staple food supplies, gas, electricity and payment of public servant salaries.

The Sadrist bloc, which first approved the law, later withdrew its support.

Allawi had faced difficulties in implementing the law, especially after independent MP Bassem Khashan filed a complaint before the Federal Supreme Court to challenge the bill.



Hamas’ Armed Wing Says Israeli Airstrike Killed Two Hostages in Rafah

12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
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Hamas’ Armed Wing Says Israeli Airstrike Killed Two Hostages in Rafah

12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)

Hamas' armed wing al-Qassam Brigades said on Friday that two Israeli hostages held in Gaza were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Rafah a few days ago.

The group, in a video posted on its Telegram channel, did not release the names of those said to have been killed or provide any evidence.

The Israeli government "does not want your hostages to return, except in coffins," the al-Qassam Brigades statement said.

Israel rescued four hostages held by Hamas in a hostage-freeing operation in central Gaza's al-Nuseirat on June 8. The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said more than 250 Palestinians were killed in the raid.

The war in Gaza erupted when Hamas fighters stormed southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel has responded with a military assault on the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians, according to the Gaza health ministry. Israel says its campaign is intended to eliminate Hamas as a threat and free the remaining hostages.