JERUSALEM, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Israel's military and police went on high alert Wednesday as the country marked Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year of the Jewish calendar.
Patrols were beefed up in cities and around synagogues while observant Jews fasted and prayed, Haaretz reported.
The Israeli Red Cross, Magen David Adom, reinforced its stations throughout the country with extra personnel in order to provide medical care for those fasting should the need arrise.
A comprehensive closure of West Bank border crossings was in effect until midnight Wednesday, the military said. A spokesman said individuals would be allowed to cross in cases of extreme medical or humanitarian emergency, subject to the approval of the Civil Administration.