Hundreds of Israeli settlers gathered at the ruins of the evacuated Israeli settlement of Homesh near the Palestinian village of Silat Al-Dhahir, near Jenin in the northern West Bank on Tuesday to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
Israeli forces tightened security measures in the area erecting checkpoints and further impeding the movement of Palestinians in the area.
Witnesses said that bus loads of settlers were seen arriving at the former settlement, which was evacuated in 2005 as part of the unilateral Israeli disengagement from all settlements in the Gaza Strip and three settlements in the West Bank.
Salih Al-Hantuli, head of the local council of Silat Al-Dhahir, said that the Israeli settlers had been arriving in Homesh since the early hours of the morning, uprooting trees and erecting tents for the Jewish Sukkot holiday.
He added that the settlers attacked Palestinian citizens in the area, and had fired at the home of Palestinian citizen, Kamil Malul.
Al-Hantuli said he was worried that the Israeli settlers may attack the village as they have done in the past.
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