Israel on high alert ahead of Yom Kippur

Complete closure imposed on West Bank and Gaza, increased police presence and security forces deployment – all part of IDF, police preparations for ‘holiest day’ of year

The special police alertness level which was put into effect ahead of the Rosh Hashanah holiday will continue during Yom Kippur and will only be terminated after the Simchat Torah holiday in 10 days time.

Security forces will be standing by on Tuesday and Wednesday at cemeteries, synagogues and prayer sites and thousands of police officers will be fully deployed and stationed at city entrances, areas with large crowds and sensitive locations.

The IDF has decided to impose a complete closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip from midnight on Monday and through to Midnight on Wednesday night.

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