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Ukraine/Belarus: Jewish pilgrims pitch tents waiting for Ukrainian border to open01:02

Ukraine/Belarus: Jewish pilgrims pitch tents waiting for Ukrainian border to open

Ukraine, Novye Yarilovichi checkpoint, Ukraine-Belarus border
September 18, 2020 at 00:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

About a thousand Jewish pilgrims remain at the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, on Thursday, hoping to reach the Ukrainian city of Uman by September 18.

Pilgrims can be seen at the cordoned off Novye Yarilovichi checkpoint, trying to talk to board patrol officers. A poster in Russian reading, "We are ready for all the COVID-19 related rules and instructions, just let us in!" was seen near the border.

The pilgrims were heading to the Ukrainian city of Uman for the traditional Jewish new year celebration called Rosh Hashanah at the grave of the Reb Nachman of Bratslav. They have been at the border since Monday.

This year, the Hasidim are not allowed to enter the country, as Ukrainian authorities have closed the state border to foreigners from August 29 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry official spokesperson told the local Belta news outlet that Minsk would help the pilgrims leave Belarus in case Ukraine doesn't open the border.

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About a thousand Jewish pilgrims remain at the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, on Thursday, hoping to reach the Ukrainian city of Uman by September 18.

Pilgrims can be seen at the cordoned off Novye Yarilovichi checkpoint, trying to talk to board patrol officers. A poster in Russian reading, "We are ready for all the COVID-19 related rules and instructions, just let us in!" was seen near the border.

The pilgrims were heading to the Ukrainian city of Uman for the traditional Jewish new year celebration called Rosh Hashanah at the grave of the Reb Nachman of Bratslav. They have been at the border since Monday.

This year, the Hasidim are not allowed to enter the country, as Ukrainian authorities have closed the state border to foreigners from August 29 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry official spokesperson told the local Belta news outlet that Minsk would help the pilgrims leave Belarus in case Ukraine doesn't open the border.

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