Thousands pray at Western Wall for Tisha B’av, hours after terror attacks

Thousands of people are praying at Jerusalem’s Western Wall on the eve of Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar, a day of mourning that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Both temples were destroyed, first by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and later by the Romans in 70 CE, on Tisha B’av some 655 years apart.

Police increased their presence at the site and around Jerusalem, hours after two separate terror attacks in the city killed one person and injured several.

Orthodox Jewish men pray as they gather for the ritual of Tisha B'Av at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, August 04, 2014.  (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Orthodox Jewish men pray as they gather for the ritual of Tisha B’Av at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, August 04, 2014. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

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