The city of Yatta is a colourful and varied place, consisting of a bustling centre encircled by a network of leafier suburban areas. The outskirts are scenic with olive grove-filled valleys, big stone houses and large patches of open green space. There is clear evidence of the city’s dependence on its rock-cutting industry throughout, but also an eclectic variety of shops to be found in the centre. Historically, the city has thrived on its agricultural industry.
Crumbling remains of historic buildings speckle the city, while many more recent homes have been built in the traditional style with arched windows and domed roofs. Yatta, just 8km south of the much larger city of Hebron, is a more relaxed and friendly place. It is also identified with the biblical town of Juttah.
Population: 48,672 (2007)