Shokat as-Sufi

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Shokat as-Sufi
Other transcription(s)
 • Also spelled Shoka (official)
Shokat as-Sufi is located in the Palestinian territories
Shokat as-Sufi
Shokat as-Sufi
Location of Shokat as-Sufi within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 31°15′31.12″N 34°16′56.80″E / 31.2586444°N 34.2824444°E / 31.2586444; 34.2824444Coordinates: 31°15′31.12″N 34°16′56.80″E / 31.2586444°N 34.2824444°E / 31.2586444; 34.2824444
Governorate Rafah
 • Type Municipality (from 2005)
 • Head of Municipality Mousa Abu Jlaidan
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 8,100

Shokat as-Sufi is a Palestinian town in the southern Gaza Strip, south of Rafah and adjacent to the inoperable Yasser Arafat International Airport. It is one of the poorest localities in the Gaza Strip, and has underdeveloped infrastructure.[1]

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) census in 1997, Shokat as-Sufi had a population of 5,663 of which 90% were Palestinian refugees.[2] The gender make-up of the town was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.[3] According to the PCBS, in mid-year 2006, it had a population of 8,094.[4]

Shokat as-Sufi is governed by a municipal council of eleven members including the mayor, who since 2005 has been Mousa Abu Jlaidan.[5]