Israel Prepares to Close Down for Yom Kippur


In an annual event unique in the world, Israel is now preparing to essentially shut down the entire country for a day to mark the holiday of Yom Kippur.

The Times of Israel reports that public transport is shutting down in the afternoon and traffic is projected to almost completely cease by the evening.

Medical teams are being deployed in large numbers due to possible health problems caused by the fast, with fainting being the most common.

Ben-Gurion Airport will shut down at noon.

Television and radio stations will also go silent for a day.

Police are on high alert in Jerusalem as large numbers of worshipers descend on the Old City and the Western Wall.

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