Despite threats, Yom Kippur passes peacefully

Sunday, September 15, 2013 |  Tommy Mueller

The Israeli army reported on Sunday that Yom Kippur, the biblical Day of Atonement, had passed peacefully in Israel, despite threats earlier in the week by the Palestinian Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade to launch a new wave of terror.

In light of those threats, Israel's security agencies had deployed stronger than usual forces in Jerusalem, an in particular around the Temple Mount. Jews were forbidden to ascend the holy mountain on Yom Kippur for fear of their presence sparking confrontation with the Muslims who occupy the compound.

Israeli rescue services were somewhat more busy. The ambulance and paramedic service, Magen David Adom, treated over 2,000 patients on Yom Kippur, many of them people who had fainted due to fasting in unseasonably warm temperatures.

Yom Kippur is also a day when many children and even adults take to the streets on their bikes and skateboards thanks to a complete absence of cars and other motor vehicles. The over abundance of cyclists often leads to accidents, and numerous people were treated.

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