Guards outside Copenhagen synagogue
Guards outside Copenhagen synagogueReuters

The Danish military on Friday deployed troops in Copenhagen to guard the city's synagogue and the Israeli embassy, hours ahead of the Yom Kippur holiday, AFP reports.

The deployment was the first by troops in the Danish capital since World War II.

According to AFP, armed soldiers were standing outside Copenhagen's main synagogue, with the narrow medieval street where it is located sealed off on both ends, hours before the start of Yom Kippur onFriday evening.

"This is the first time they are used in this type of situation, so it's unique," Copenhagen police spokesman Rasmus Bernt Skovsgaard said.

Danish police have protected Jewish institutions in the country since Omar El-Hussein, a Danish citizen of Palestinian origin who swore allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) group, opened fire outside the synagogue, killing Israeli security guard Dan Uzan and wounding two police officers in 2015.

El-Hussein was also responsible for a shooting attack on a Copenhagen café which took place hours earlier.

A filmmaker, Finn Norgaard, was killed in that attack. Police later killed El-Hussein.

The soldiers, who will be deployed until March 2018, are "well-trained and equipped to carry out this type of mission," Lieutenant Colonel Steen Dalsgaard of the Danish army told AFP.

Some 160 soldiers have been deployed in Copenhagen and at the Danish-German border, where controls were restored at the end of 2015 to limit a migrant influx.

The latest deployment is not a response to any new threat, but rather aims to assist Copenhagen police strained by operations in other parts of the city.

Police will continue to guard the Jewish museum and the school, noted AFP.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Yom Kippur in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)