Jerusalem bolsters security as Israelis mark Yom Kippur


( Police and security forces will be on high alert in Jerusalem and throughout the country over the Yom Kippur holiday just days after a deadly Jerusalem terror attack killed two and wounded four.

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

According to Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, roughly 4,000 officers will be available to monitor the security situation as thousands of visitors are expected to gather at the Western Wall over the holiday.

“Overall general security assessments have been made across Israel, with an emphasis on all public areas such as synagogues, central bus and train stations and the Old City,” Rosenfeld said, the Jerusalem Post reported. “At the same time, during the festivals themselves, we’re having more than 3,500 officers in Jerusalem carry out security measures, with an emphasis on the Old City, where we’re expecting thousands of people to arrive to go to the Western Wall Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Additionally, elite police units will also be stationed in Jerusalem including the Border Police, counterterrorism units, special patrols and undercover units.

“If necessary, they will give an immediate response to any type of incident,” he said.

Rosenfeld added that security in Israel will remain high through the rest of the holiday period. 

“The level of security across the country and in Jerusalem is relatively high, and this will continue for as long as necessary throughout the festival period, including Sukkot, which will last for over two weeks from today,” Rosenfeld said.

Posted on October 11, 2016 .