Arab Rioter Killed in Yom Kippur Disturbances

Ultra Orthodox Jewish men of the Hassidic Lelov dynasty pray in the synagogue, a few hours before the start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day of Atonement, in a synagogue in the town of Bet Shemesh, outside of Jerusalem. October 11, 2016. Photo by Yaakov Lederman / FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** ??? ????? ??? ??? ??? ???? ????? ????
Minchah of Erev Yom Kippur in the Lelov beis medrash in Beit Shemesh. (Yaakov Lederman/Flash90)

Yom Kippur passed relatively quietly throughout Israel, b’chasdei Shamayim, with millions attending tefillos in shuls across the country that were largely full. Thousands converged on the chassidic courts and the yeshivos across the country, including many from overseas. After the blow of the shofar, marking the end of the fast, many began to build their sukkah and purchase the arba minim, going from one mitzvah to the next.

There were, however, several notable exceptions. IDF soldiers eliminated an Arab terrorist who participated in severe rioting in the Shiloach (Silwan) neighborhood of Yerushalayim. Arabs rioted throughout the day, and towards the end of Yom Kippur the rioters attacked a Jewish home in the neighborhood.

Throughout the day, Arabs unfurled Hamas flags and called for the death of Jews. Soldiers battled them throughout the day and prevented them from approaching Jewish homes and shuls.

Another riot point was near the village of Na’alin, adjacent to the security fence. Arabs there threw firebombs at IDF patrols. No soldiers were injured, and the terrorists ran away when soldiers opened fire. Arrests were later made.

A total of 2,326 people were treated for various reasons by Magen David Adom over Yom Kippur. 249 people fainted due to dehydration, and 11 required inhalation and hospitalization. 136 babies were born over the holiday, and 80 people needed blood transfusions. Also Tuesday night, the night of Yom Kippur, firefighters were called to douse a large blaze in Ashkelon. The fire was put out without injury to residents of the home where it broke out, but there was damage to the home.

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