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Streets of Jerusalem silent for Yom Kippur

The observance of the holiday left the streets of Jerusalem empty and quiet, save for children on their bikes
A view of an empty light rail station in the western part of Jerusalem on 23 September 2015, during Yom Kippur, Judaism's most holy day (MEE/Faiz Abu Rmeleh)

Jews switch everything off for Yom Kippur. They are not allowed to use electronic equipment or drive cars.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. The holiday, which is marked by 25 hours of fasting and prayer, started at sunset on Tuesday and ends at nightfall on Wednesday.

The observance of the holiday left the streets of Jerusalem empty and quiet on Wednesday, save for children on their bikes taking advantage of the carless hilly roads.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday will begin at sundown on Wednesday and end on Thursday night. Last year, the two holidays fell on the same day.