Security Forces on Full Alert for Yom Kippur After Stabbing

YERUSHALAYIM -

Security forces were on full alert over Yom Kippur, with the IDF imposing a full closure on Yehudah and Shomron, and police spread out in areas where large numbers of people congregated, especially in Yerushalayim. The closure continued through midnight after Yom Kippur, with special forces on duty at checkpoints and outside towns and cities in Yehudah and Shomron to ensure security.

Minutes after the onset of Yom Kippur, a Palestinian terrorist was shot dead by Israeli police after he tried to stab a mispallel, wearing his tallis and kittel, near the Damascus Gate outside the Old City of Yerushalayim, on his way to daven at the Kosel.

A police spokesman said the terrorist was a 26-year-old Palestinian from Kalandiya, and that his presence in Yerushalayim was illegal due to an entry ban on Palestinians.

Meanwhile, police forces have been strengthened further, in the wake of the murder of Ari Fuld, Hy”d, on Sunday. The main objective of police is to ensure separation between Jews and Arabs, enabling each to go about their business with minimal opportunity for friction.

Checkpoints will also be set up on main thoroughfares in the eastern part of the city, with vehicles from Arab neighborhoods prevented from entering the center of the city, where most streets will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Over 2,000 people were treated for various issues over Yom Kippur by Magen David Adom rescue workers.