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Israel on alert as Jewish, Muslim holiday coincide

Jews and Muslims observe their faith’s major holidays of Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha which will overlap on Saturday

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Israel police are on high alert to avert possible clashes as Jews and Muslims observe their faith’s major holidays of Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, which overlap this year.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says reinforced police contingents are deployed across Israel. There are large Muslim minorities in four important Israeli cities: Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv twin city of Jaffa - Yafo in Hebrew - and also in Haifa and Acre.

Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day, begins at sunset Friday and ends on Saturday night.

Eid al-Adha, a three-day holiday that starts Saturday, is an occasion for family celebrations and outings. It commemorates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim - or Abraham, as he is known in the Bible - to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s will.