Security forces on high alert as Israel marks Yom Kippur

Yom KippurFull closure on West Bank in place until after Day of Atonement ends; large police forces deployed in Jerusalem; train and bus services ceased.

Security and rescue forces were on high alert and deployed in large numbers in Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank for Yom Kippur, which begins Tuesday afternoon and ends Wednesday at dusk.

Ahead of the holiday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz ordered a 48-hour closure of West Bank and Gaza Strip border crossings beginning Monday at 11:59pm and continuing until Wednesday at 11:59pm, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said Monday.

Exceptions to the closure will be made for humanitarian and medical emergencies as authorized by the Civil Administration, according to the IDF.

The IDF stated that it would “continue to defend the citizens of Israel, while taking into consideration the Palestinians’ quality of life.”

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1 Response to Security forces on high alert as Israel marks Yom Kippur

  1. Roger says:

    I will fast with the Israelis in belief of their cause of freedom and worship of the one God.

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