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Sabbath dispute causes transport headaches in Israel

Train cancellations in Israel affected 150,000 passengers out of a daily total of 213,000, leading to replacement shuttle buses and gridlock on roadsIsrael saw major traffic jams on Sunday after a political dispute over work on the Jewish day of rest brought trains to a daylong halt, officials said. The cancellations affected 150,000 passengers out of a daily total of 213,000, the country’s rail company said, leading to replacement shuttle buses and gridlock on roads. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled rail work set to be undertaken over Sabbath, the weekly Jewish day of rest from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, after objections from ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.

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