Soldiers have not been the only casualties in the Middle East War. On Friday (9?
Soldiers have not been the only casualties in the Middle East War. On Friday (9 November), the Egyptian Army took foreign newsmen to the village of Zigazag, some 50 miles to the north (80 kms) of Cairo, in the Nils Delta. There the newsmen met refugees from the Devarsoir area.
Apparently the refugees had to flee from their villages in Devarsoir when the Israeli Army captured the area. Driven away from their homes, it took the refugees up to two days, under "very hard conditions", to reach to Delta villages.
The reference from Deversoir are not the only Egyptians to have been displaced during the recent fighting. Villagers living between Ismaelia and Port Suez had to make the journey northwards into safe Egyptian territory. They had to make the move when water in their irrigation canals dropped to a dangerously low level. Israel claimed Egypt had cut off the water supply to the canals, and Egypt claimed the Israelis had been trying to drive the villagers from their homes.
On Sunday (11 November) Israel and Egypt signed a case-fire agreement. When the two countries get together to discuss a permanent peace settlement, the problem of the refugees will be one of the items on the agenda.
SYNOPSIS: Soldiers have not been the only causalities of the Middle East War. Innocent villagers have often found themselves caught in the middle of the fighting. These Egyptian refugees have had to flee to the safety of the village of Zigazag. They claimed they were driven from their villages in Deversoir, when the Israeli Army advanced into the area.
Foreign newsmen who visited Zigazag on friday were told by the refugees that it had taken them two days to reach safety, and that they travelled under "very hard conditions".
Egypt had been faced by an influx of refugees, who have been forced to leave their homes because of the recent fighting, many of them having to leave their personal possessions behind.
On Sunday, Egypt and Israel signed a cease-fire agreement. When the two countries hold talks on a permanent settlement the issue of the refugees is sure to be on the agenda.