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Israel shuts down for Yom Kippur

Israel shut down Wednesday for the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday, with roads, shops, airports and even radio and TV stations all closed, while Israeli authorities sealed off mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem. The solemn holiday of Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, began Tuesday evening and ends Wednesday at sunset. Many Jews fast during that time. Families and young people also walk and cycle through empty streets, while Orthodox Jews with prayer shawls can be seen making their way to synagogues.
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