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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
As the IDF keeps its eye on the Syrian border, the Israel Police have deployed thousands of officers and volunteers throughout the country, especially at synagogues, ahead of Yom Kippur.
In Jerusalem's Old City alone, some 2200 police have been deployed ahead of prayers on the second Friday of Ramadan. Due to an IDF closure, Muslims from Gaza and the West Bank will not be permitted access to the Temple Mount.
Nearby, at the Western Wall, hundreds of worshippers gathered for Yom Kippur prayers.
Magen David Adom has also raised its level of alert, and will have a number of ambulances ready near synagogues.
Public transportation will stop by Friday afternoon. Buses will begin running again at 7:30 pm Saturday, approximately an hour after the fast ends, but trains will resume operation starting Sunday morning.
Bank branches nationwide will close at 11:00 am.