Tensions remain high in the Holy City as Israel's people prepare to mark Judaism's holiest day. Israel Hayom reports on the security measures in place as Israel observes Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement:
Thousands of Jews flocked to Jerusalem on Monday and Tuesday, ahead of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur marks the end of the Ten Days of Repentance, which begins on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. This period usually sees a surge in visitors to the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, some for the purposes of prayer and some, including many secular Israelis, just to enjoy the special atmosphere up close. There are also "selichot tours" of the Tower of David and the Jewish Quarter.
The traditional selichot (penitential) prayers were held at the Western Wall on Monday evening, with Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel David Lau and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef leading the service.
Security forces were placed on high alert nationwide Tuesday, ahead of the Yom Kippur holiday.
A full closure was imposed on Judea and Samaria, and all crossings linking Israel and the Gaza Strip were closed in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The closure will remain in force until midnight Wednesday, pending a security situation assessment, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said...