Israel comes to a standstill commemorating Holocaust victims

Israel briefly came to a standstill today with the morning bustle halted for two minutes at 10:00 am as sirens blared to honour the victims of the Holocaust.

In an annual ritual, pedestrians froze in place and drivers stopped and stood in silence beside their vehicles, honouring the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two.

Ceremonies took place across the country, in contrast to last year when coronavirus restrictions forced most memorials to be held online only and when the ageing survivors of the genocide were confined indoors.

Israel, with more than half its population vaccinated, has now lifted some of its pandemic restrictions.