Funeral follows death earlier Monday of Shas spiritual leader and former chief rabbi.
Jerusalem streets closed to traffic as funeral procession makes its way through city.
The procession left the Porat Yosef Yeshiva at 6 P.M. and made its way to the Sanhedria Cemetery in the capital. Thousands have made their way to Jerusalem to attend the funeral.
Police and Jerusalem and Magen David Adom emergency service were preparing to provide security and medical services during the funeral. Many of the city’s streets were closed to traffic, including the eastern entrance to the capital (Route 1).
Jerusalem’s light rail train lines were altered and the police have asked motorists to avoid entering and leaving the city if possible. The police have also set up an information hotline. Its number is 1-700-553-100.
Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat has pledged in recent months that Yosef will be commemorated in the city.
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