Activists try to march to former Homesh settlement

Police and IDF forces were fanned out on Monday afternoon along the road leading to the former northern Samaria settlement of Homesh after a group of several dozen right-wing activists and former Homesh residents attempted to march to the site. Earlier, troops were prepared to confront the activists, who said that they wanted to visit the site where Homesh had stood in order to light a candle symbolizing their "return home." After a meeting with Samaria Brigade Commander Col. Amir Baram, the marchers vacated the premises voluntarily and headed in the direction of the Shavei Shomron settlement. However, they said that they intended to return later with additional supporters. Homesh was one of four settlements in northern Samaria evacuated in August 2005 as part of the disengagement plan.