House targeted in Antwerp drug war ‘in perfect condition’, and up for sale
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    House targeted in Antwerp drug war ‘in perfect condition’, and up for sale

    “The house is in perfect condition, and nothing has happened in the street in recent months." Credit: Facebook Rupelstraat Antwerpen

    The most notorious house in the Antwerp drug war is for sale, and “in perfect condition”, according to the broker.

    The house, located in the Rupelstraat in Antwerp, is fully renovated and up for sale, for 339.000 euros. The building was fired at already twice this year, dummy grenades were put in front of the door, and the car of one of the residents was set on fire.

    “We are definitely transparent to people about the fact that the Rupelstraat has a certain past,” said broker Barry Dictus of Trevi Antwerpen. “However, that does not stop people from living in that neighbourhood. In February, I sold another house at the asking price,” he added.

    “I do not know if this house was a specific target. We have seen nothing of damage to the facade, the windows or the house,” says Dictus. “The house is in perfect condition. Nothing has happened in the street in recent months, thanks to the extra cameras and extra patrols.”

    According to various sources, the attacks on the house in the Rupelstraat were directed against Nordin E.H., and were part of a conflict in the international cocaine-smuggling environment. By targeting his family in the Rupelstraat, the attackers probably wanted to send a message.

    Whether the family decided to put the house up for sale because of that is not clear. “The owners want to live somewhere smaller,” the broker said.

    Maïthé Chini
    The Brussels Times