Yom Kippur 5767: Fainting, bike injuries and stoning ambulances
Over the course of Yom Kippur, Magen David Adom ambulances took 1,779 people to hospitals throughout the country. Sixty-five people fainted from fasting, including 12 who required resuscitation.
During the 25-hour fast, 98 women were rushed to hospital in labor, including one Jerusalem resident who actually delivered at home with the help of MDA paramedics.
MDA reported 195 children required medical treatment for injuries sustained while riding bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades and rollerskates. Another 23 people were lightly hurt over the holiday in 22 traffic accidents across the country.
Youth in Jerusalem, Kiryat Motzkin, Netanya, and Ashkelon threw stones Monday at Magen David Adom Emergency Medical Service ambulances operating on Yom Kippur, MDA officials said. In the Western Galilee, no unusual incidents were reported except for several cases of stone throwing around Carmiel, Nahariya and Maalot. Some vehicles were lightly damaged, but there were no casualties. Carmiel police arrested two adults and a minor suspected of throwing stones.
Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya admitted 38 patients from across the region, but reported no unusual cases of fast-related problems.
In the south, a Qassam rocket landed at noon yesterday near a community in the Western Negev, the IDF Spokesman reported.
Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva treated 200 patients, including 80 children who arrived with bicycle-related injuries. Most of the adults were suffering from weakness and respiratory problems.
A 50-year-old man drowned at the Ashkelon beach for religious bathers, where he had come with his son to perform the traditional tashlich ritual. Passersby pulled him from the water, but efforts to resuscitate him failed and an ambulance crew pronounced him dead.
The Jerusalem police set up roadblocks in several Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem to prevent vehicular traffic on Yom Kippur. Police said the roadblocks were intended to prevent cars driving through Jewish neighborhoods, to avoid triggering violent confrontations or stone throwing. Residents of the Arab neighborhoods said yesterday that the roadblocks hampered mobility from one Arab neighborhood to another and forced them to take lengthy detours. Police have taken this measure of closing roads in the capital for several years, and published announcements and maps in advance in the Arab press.
City council member Saar Netanel said yesterday that the police action scandalously restricted the mobility of the Arab public. "The damage done to the residents of East Jerusalem is great. During Yom Kippur they had difficulty getting to work, to mosques and returning home," Netanel said. "There is no rational reason to compel East Jerusalem residents to mark Yom Kippur. In order to preserve the sanctity of the day, there is no need and reason to stop traffic in East Jerusalem. To prevent the entry of Arabs' vehicles into Jewish neighborhoods, the police could have set up the barriers at the entrance to the Jewish neighborhoods, or made do with closing Highway 1, on the line between the Arab and Jewish neighborhoods in the area."