Susya women display Palestinian heritage in cave

STORY: Nuwaja is head of the Rural Women's Association and one of a handful living in tents and caves at Susya, a Palestinian village spread across several rocky hillsides between a Jewish settlement to the south and a Jewish archaeological site to the north - land Israel has occupied since the 1967 Middle East war.

Amid the Hebron hills in the southern West Bank, Bedouin women make embroidery and handmade products to sell them inside their cave shop in Susya.

"We will stay in our lands until we die, and there should be support to our women so these women can live in these areas, which lack the simplest means of living," said Nuwaja.

Many foreigners visit the village of Susya and buy from their local made products such as soap, olive oil, pickles, and embroidery pieces.

The caves in the area are divided into three areas: a living space, a storage area and a kitchen.

But this cave has been renovated to be a shop, to help women of the village make an income.

There are no statistics on the number of caves spread in the mountains of the West Bank but many are located in Area C, which under the 1993 Oslo interim peace accords is fully controlled by Israel.

A typical cave is 60-metres deep, with an opening carved from stone.