Christian Peacemaker Teams and Operation Dove, which have maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and south Hebron hills since 2004, said that shortly after midnight Thursday settlers from Suseya took a tire that was inserted in a nearby wall, set fire to it and threw it against the outside wall of the tent setting it on fire.
The owner, awakened by the smoke, was able to move out a of the tent a gas cylinder that was near the fire; once out of the burning tent the man saw some torch lights in the valley below the village heading toward the settlement of Suseya.
When Israeli army and police arrived, called by the villagers, the lights were still in sight but nor the soldiers nor the policemen followed or stopped the people carrying them, said the press release.
The fire was extinguished by the villagers and the tent owner was taken to hospital for breathing the smoke.
According to Palestinians, Israeli army did not let Palestinian firemen coming from the nearby city of Yatta to reach the fireplace.
Situated in the South Hebron Hills, the Palestinian village of Susiya is exactly between the old archeological site of Suseya and the outpost of the Israeli settlement Suseya.
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA