68 Israelis Faint During Yom Kippur Fast, 2,300 Treated by Emergency Services

No Jewish-Arab holiday strife, but plenty of bike accidents as Israelis take to the streets for Yom Kippur and Id al-Adha.

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Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

Despite concerns about friction due to the concurrence of Yom Kippur and the Muslim holiday of Id al-Adha, no clashes were reported over the weekend.

But Magen David Adom ambulance crews treated 2,319 people, including 68 who fainted due to fasting, 18 of whom required resuscitation.

MDA also treated 241 bicyclists, most of them children and teenagers, and 36 victims of traffic accidents. During the weekend, 116 women in labor were taken to hospitals; in seven cases, MDA paramedics assisted in the birth.

On Saturday morning, a 12-year-old boy was seriously injured when he fell from the Hankin tunnel bridge in Haifa while riding his bicycle. After a seven-hour operation, he is in the pediatric intensive care unit of the city’s Rambam Medical Center.

Dr. Eli Hershman, a physician at the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit, said the boy was in serious but stable condition and had been sedated and intubated to allow for a slow recovery. The boy’s parents were at his bedside.

Before he was taken to Rambam, the boy received first aid from paramedics from MDA and United Hatzalah of Israel. The boy had fallen about five meters, and according to one medic who treated him, he had several broken bones and his head was bruised.

Another bicyclist, a 54-year-old man, was severely injured when he fell off his bicycle near the Latrun interchange. He was admitted to Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem.

A 15-year-old girl was admitted to Rambam in moderate condition after falling off her bicycle.

A 35-year-old man sustained severe injuries in a traffic accident on Route 60, near the West Bank settlement of Eli. In a different accident, in the Western Galilee near Shlomi, a 43-year-old man was injured after losing control of his motorcycle.

A 2-year-old boy from Bnei Brak was admitted to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, in serious condition on Saturday after falling from a third-floor window in his family’s home.

A 15-year-old boy sustained severe injuries while playing on Moshav Shadmot Dvora in the Galilee. He was sedated, intubated and evacuated by MDA helicopter to Rambam.

At 60-year-old man was rescued by helicopter after nearly drowning in the Dead Sea.

A 12-year-old girl was hurt at Moshav Avigdor in southern Israel when an electric gate fell on her hand. Two of her fingers had to be amputated.

A 12-year-old boy from Kafr Yasif was admitted to Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya in moderate condition after falling off a quad bike. Four other children from villages in northern Israel, aged 7 to 13, sustained mild facial injuries in incidents linked to the celebration of Id al-Adha.

On Friday night, five suspects were detained for questioning after shots were fired at a home in Nazareth. No one was injured.

In a second incident in the city, shots were fired at a place of business, causing damage but no injuries. No arrests were made.

In Shfaram, a hand grenade was thrown at a home Friday; no injuries or damage were reported. One man sustained light injuries during a brawl in Kafr Maghar early Saturday morning; five suspects aged 20 to 30 were detained for questioning.

MDA also reported five incidents of rocks thrown at ambulances over Yom Kippur.

Ben-Gurion International Airport was closed to incoming and outgoing flights from 2 P.M. Friday to 10:30 P.M. last night. Some 33,000 passengers were expected to arrive at and depart from Ben-Gurion on 218 flights before the airport closed Friday.

With reporting from Gili Cohen and Zohar Blumenkrantz