Victims of the torrential flooding that inundated the city of Arish two weeks ago in the northern Sinai Peninsula were forced by police to evacuate their makeshift tents during a visit Sunday by First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.
The media, meanwhile, was barred from covering the visit, while the road from the airport to municipality headquarters--where Mrs. Mubarak met with the governor of North Sinai--was closed completely.
"They left us here with no food or water," said Raqia, who lost her home to the recent floods. "And now they want to move us out."
Over the last two weeks severe floods killed several people in Sinai. Lina Attallah of al-Masri al-Youm has a slideshow up on Flickr of the damage. The paper also has a story that refugees from the floods were moved ahead of a visit by Suzanne Mubarak: