Hundreds of police have been deployed in the streets surrounding a synagogue in the western German town of Hagen, amid warnings of a “threat” to the building. The alert comes on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.
“We currently have indications of a potentially dangerous situation in connection with a Jewish settlement in Hagen,” police in neighboring Dortmund said Wednesday evening. “Police protection measures have been adapted accordingly”, the statement continued, adding: “We are in close contact with the Jewish community.
A police spokesperson told Reuters shortly after officers responded to a “threatens” to the building.
The nature of the threat remains unclear, but photographs taken by the Westfalenpost, a local newspaper, show heavily armed officers patrolling nearby streets, which have been closed to traffic. Westfalenpost claims that “hundreds” cops take part in the operation.
The situation unfolded as the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur began at sunset. Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, and observant Jews mark the occasion by fasting, praying, and abstaining from work.
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