Middle East

Prefab housing for returnees underway

BEIRUT: The minister of public works has toured a prefabricated housing site being built south of Damascus with the aim of receiving displaced people who return to Syria, state news agency SANA said Monday.

Hussein Arnous visited Horjaleh, roughly 10 kilometers south of the capital, to inspect progress on the site. 

Arnous said the first phase of the project, slated to construct 300 housing units, is scheduled to be completed in 45 days. Eighty units have been completed so far. 

Each unit is 30 square meters and designed to house five individuals. Arnous said the “largest portion” of the work force for the project was made up of local residents, a sign that it is generating job opportunities.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 15, 2014, on page 8.




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