Middle East Eye, 15 September 2015

Haj Farahat, is over ninety and is one of the very few remaining Palestinian refugees who fled to Egypt escaping the war in 1948 (MEE/Ibrahim Ahmad) (MEE/Ibrahim Ahmad)

The population was about 2,000 when the original refugees fled to Egypt in May of 1948, fearing a similar fate to those who were massacred at Deir Yassin.

[...] The village is in a state of extreme poverty. [...] The nearest hospital is an hour away. This is a big problem for residents who don’t have any means of transportation. There is no plumbing or sewage system [....]

In addition to electricity, the Morsi government started to build a hospital near the village, but this immediately came to a halt after he was removed in a military coup. Not only was the hospital's construction stopped by current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, but during his first month in power the refugees lost all government support under the pretext that they are not Egyptian citizens. [...]

One of the women in the village, asking to remain anonymous, commented on the move, saying: “It was a dark day for the whole village, we went to get bread from a neighbouring village, [the Sisi government had set up a rationing system, providing five pieces of bread to each person daily] just to be surprised by a newly issued law: no more bread for Palestinian refugees!”