Security forces on high alert as Israelis mark Yom Kippur

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

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 7, 2011 14:53
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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 Friday afternoon and ends Saturday at dusk.

Security crossings into Israel from the West Bank were temporarily closed Thursday night and will open again at midnight on Saturday in accordance with security assessments adopted by the IDF.

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The security presence in Jerusalem was also beefed up on Friday in preparation for Yom Kippur.

Train services throughout the country ended at 11:30 a.m and Egged bus services stopped running at 1:30 p.m. Bus services will resume at 7:30 pm on Saturday.

As occurs every year, streets and highways across the country are also empty of private traffic in observance of Yom Kippur.

The fast will begin at at 4:41 p.m in Jerusalem, 4:58 p.m in Tel Aviv, 4:50 p.m. in Haifa and will last 25 hours.


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