September 25, 2012 - Security and rescue forces were on high alert and deployed in large numbers in Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank for Yom Kippur, which begins Tuesday afternoon and ends Wednesday
Ahead of the holiday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz ordered a 48-hour closure of West Bank and Gaza Strip border crossings beginning Monday at 11:59pm and continuing until Wednesday at 11:59pm, the IDF Spokesman's Office said Monday.
Exceptions to the closure will be made for humanitarian and medical emergencies as authorized by the Civil Administration, according to the IDF.
The IDF stated that it would "continue to defend the citizens of Israel, while taking into consideration the Palestinians' quality of life."
throughout the country ended at 11:00 a.m and will resume at midnight Wednesday. Egged bus services stopped running at 2:00 p.m. Bus services will resume on Wednesday.
As occurs every year, streets and highways across the country are also empty of private traffic in observance of Yom Kippur.
The fast will begin at 4:57 p.m in Jerusalem, 5:11 p.m in Tel Aviv, 5:02 p.m. in Haifa and 5:14 in Beersheba, and will last 25 hours.
The fast will end at 6:07 p.m. in Jerusalem, 6:09 in Tel Aviv and Beersheba and 6:08 in Haifa.
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