Sirens mark two-minute moment of silence, briefly halting all of Israel's public life for moment of reflection

Air raid sirens wailed across Israel on Thursday morning, bringing the country to a two-minutes standstill.

Yom Hashoah, Tel Aviv 2017

The sirens are an annual tradition for Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, which the country began commemorating on Wednesday.

They mark a two-minute stop for all public activity, with people stopping whatever they were doing and standing in place with their heads bowed.

The sirens will wail again twice in the coming days -- on April 13 evening and April 14 morning, when Israel will be honoring the memory of its fallen soldiers and victims of terrorisms.

Thursday will see more solemn events in the name of the 6 million Jews slain by the Nazi Germany. Read more at i24