yom kippur - Daniel Bar-On - September 18 2010
A youth cycles on Yom Kippur in Jerusalem, September 18, 2010. Photo by Daniel Bar-On
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93 people were treated by emergency health workers for falling ill as a result of fasting over the course of the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur on Saturday. Of those, 22 people needed to be resuscitated. Four people also drowned during the last 30 hours.

242 children were treated for injuries incurred while riding bicycles. As there were virtually no cars on the country's roads for the duration of the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, many children took to the empty streets on bikes and skateboards. Though road traffic was light, 26 people were also injured in 30 car accidents across the country.

133 women went into labor and were transferred by ambulance to hospitals around the country over the course of the holiday. Magen David Adom reported 8 incidents of rocks being thrown at ambulances performing their duties.

The temperate weather that prevailed in most parts of the country made it easier for those fasting on the Day of Atonement. Scattered rain drizzled for short periods of time in some parts of the country. There was a significant improvement in air quality as a result of the sparse road traffic.

Police were on alert for the holidays, with thousands of officers on duty throughout the country. The closure on the West Bank restricted Palestinian travel to exceptional cases of humanitarian need, and will be lifted only at midnight. In Acre, where violent street fighting broke out on Yom Kippur two years ago, calmness prevailed.

The Yom Kippur fast ended at 6:18 p.m. in Jerusalem and at 6:30 p.m. in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Be'er Sheva. Buses will gradually resume service from 7:30 p.m. At Ben Gurion airport, incoming flights will resume at 9:30 p.m. and outgoing flights will resume at 10:30 p.m.