Police on highest alert for Yom Kippur

Sunday, October 01, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
The police are raising the security alert to the highest level on Sunday throughout the country, particularly in cemeteries. On Yom Kippur, the police will reinforce its forces around synagogues.

Thousands of police, border police, civil guard volunteers and Israel Defense Forces soldiers will be deployed in population centers. At this time the security establishment has 17 specific warnings of intended terrorist attacks in Israel, that could include suicide bombings, shootings, rocket fire and kidnappings. A full closure has been imposed on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as of Sunday morning.

Yom Kippur, or "Day of Atonement,” is a day of fasting, prayer and introspection. The country will close down from sundown Sunday until sundown on Monday. There will be no public transportation, TV or radio broadcasts, and all shops and services will be closed.

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