On Thursday a group of settlers planted dozens of trees in the evacuated settlement of Homesh, west of Nablus, near the Palestinian village of BurqaHomesh was the site of an illegal Israeli settlement evacuated in 2005. Settlers have been trying to move back since that time.

Ghassan Daghlas, an expert on settlements in the northern west bank, said dozens of settlers planted trees in different areas of Homesh. He added that settlers distributed pamphlets from the banned Kahane group urging them to plant trees everywhere at a distance of 150 meters between each tree to take over as much land as possible.