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Israel - High Alert as Yom Kippur Begins

Published on: October 1, 2006 12:29 PM
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Israel - Security forces were on high alert at sundown the beginning of the holiest Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  Defense officials reported 17 specific alerts about terrorist plans to carry out suicide bombings, shootings, rocket attacks and kidnappings during the holiday, which ends at sundown Monday.  Jerusalem police also boosted security around the Western Wall in advance of the arrival of thousands of worshippers. Police in Jerusalem kept vehicles from traveling to the western side of town from the eastern side until the end of the holiday.  Officials also sought to secure open markets and bus stations throughout Israel.  Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter called the terrorist warnings real and imminent.  

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