Two young Palestinians were hospitalized after suffocating from smoke while trying to extinguish a fire that was deliberately set by extremist Israeli settlers on Palestinian land in the village of Husan, west of Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank.
Local sources told reporters those Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of “Beitar Illit” torched the lands of the Qaddis area, which is located in the center of the settlement, on Saturday night. The fire burned dozens of olive trees and threatened to spread to nearby homes.
The sources added that the Israeli settlers also assaulted the Palestinians who rushed to put out the fire and tried to prevent them from reaching their land. The settlers have been escalating their attacks against the villagers and their properties in Husan, by razing land and uprooting trees, in an attempt to expand their settlement and seize more land.
The Palestinian Authority condemned the attack and held the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for the crimes and violations committed by the settlers against the Palestinian people and their land. It called on the international community to intervene and protect the Palestinians from the ongoing settler violence and terrorism.