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Police on high alert ahead of Election Day

Some 16,000 officers prepare to deploy across country Tuesday in order to ensure safe, proper election proceedings

Security forces throughout Israel went on top alert Monday evening ahead of Election Day. Full closure will be imposed on the West Bank starting Monday night.


Some 16,000 policemen and Border Guard officers, as well as about 2,500 volunteers and 4,500 security guards will be assigned to the 9,569 polling stations across the country on Tuesday.


Security personnel will also deploy in crowded places, work to conduct traffic near polling stations and secure public figure's visits in various places.


The security establishment has seven specific warnings on plans to carry out terror attacks, which might include rocket fire, abductions, suicide bombings and shootings.


Police Commissioner Dudi Cohen said Monday that "on Election day it is the police's duty to enable every Israeli citizen to exercise his democratic right to vote.


"Therefore the police, aided by additional forces, are preparing to oversee security, law, order and traffic and will work to ensure proper election proceedings ahead of Election Day, on Election Day itself and on the following day."


Cohen also stressed that "the Israel police will work with unbiased sensitivity and tolerance towards individuals and groups, while maintaining law, order, and the integrity of the elections."


פרסום ראשון: 02.09.09, 21:42
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