A four-year-old girl drowned in a mikveh in Bnei Barak Saturday, on what was otherwise a relatively quiet Yom Kippur in terms of medical emergencies.
The girl and her siblings were playing by themselves, found the mikveh doors open, and went inside, Channel 2 news reported. The girl drowned in the mikveh waters, and a Magen David Adom team was unable to revive her.
Around the country, 1,973 Israelis required hospitalization in the course of Yom Kippur, a relatively low number compared to previous years, especially given this year’s extremely high temperatures. Another 207 bicycle riders required first aid, MDA figures indicated.
Israel Police forces, Border Patrol officers and volunteer policemen were on high alert throughout the Yom Kippur fast day, with a special emphasis on mixed cities, like Acre and Jaffa, and areas of high sensitivity like the Temple Mount, but no serious incidents were reported.
The West Bank was placed under closure from Thursday night until Saturday evening.
Police allowed only Muslim worshipers over the age of 45 with an Israeli ID card and women of all ages to access the Temple Mount, in order to prevent disturbances like the ones that occurred ahead of and during Rosh Hashanah when young Palestinian men clashed with police. officers.
Israel’s civilian airspace reopened Saturday night after being closed to traffic from Friday afternoon.