What is Masafer Yatta?
In the southern Hebron neighborhood of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, there is a semi-desert region called Masafer Yatta.
Around 2,500 Palestinians reside there, spread out over 12 towns or hamlets that cover about 30,000 dunams (7,000 hectares).
Masafer Yatta is located in "Area C," the 60 percent of the West Bank that is under complete Israeli military and administrative control.
There were numerous households residing there before Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. They support themselves as farmers and shepherds, but they are subject to a variety of Israeli military regulations, such as limitations on improving and maintaining their dwellings and exclusion from the water and power networks.
Additionally, a belt of illegal Israeli settlements surrounds them, and they experience what human rights organizations describe as routine Israeli police, army, and settler aggression.
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