Occupation: The forgotten Palestinian village fighting for survival | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Occupation: The forgotten Palestinian village fighting for survival

Four-year-old Maria plays with her cousins and brothers on an old dilapidated children’s slide with broken rungs, propped up against a small olive tree at the centre of the southern occupied West Bank village of al-Asayfer.

The Abu Qbeita family was able to bring in the decrepit slide into the Palestinian village several years ago through the Israeli military checkpoint of Metsudot Yehuda, the only way in and out of al-Asayfer.

Meanwhile, the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Yatir boasts an entirely different scene - a large playground, complete with colourful shades to protect children from the sun.

Lying on 200 dunams (49.5 acres) of land, as documented on registries dating back to the Ottoman empire and official Israeli court registration documents, al-Asayfer is one of over a dozen hamlets that make up the area known as Masafer Yatta, just south of the city of Hebron, and is the only village in the southern West Bank that falls outside the Israeli separation wall.

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