Distribution of Private State Property in Tyre City, Borj Ech-Chemali and Aabbassiye

Amiri public lands constitute 62 per cent of Tyre’s area, while state-owned lands of all types amount to 70–75 per cent of the city. The current uses of these lands are diverse, but most are used for agriculture, supporting Palestinian and Lebanese families. More than 150 Palestinian farmer families from Rashidiya camp use the nearby amiri lands. They have reclaimed and cultivated the land without interruption since they arrived in Lebanon after the 1948 Nakba, fully aware that they do not own them privately but that they are lands owned by the Lebanese state. Therefore, their cultivation of the land is not considered trespassing, but rather a legitimate use through “usufruct rights”.

Natural Resources Public Property