Paramedics Treat Over 1,600 People Throughout Israel on Yom Kippur

Hundreds injured riding bikes and skateboards; hundreds more fainted while fasting

Children lie on the road during Yom Kippur in Jerusalem, September 30, 2017.
Emil Salman

The Magen David Adom ambulance service treated 1,659 people over Yom Kippur.

In Ashdod and Acre, youngsters threw stones at MDA ambulances.

Of the people treated, 265 were injured while riding on bikes, skateboards, skates, hoverboards or electric bikes. Another 228 people fainted, became dehydrated or otherwise felt ill due to the 25-hour fast, and 21 people needed to be resuscitated.

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In addition, 28 people were injured in traffic accidents, of whom two were moderately injured and the rest lightly injured. Another 24 people were injured in what MDA termed “violent incidents,” of whom one was seriously injured and the rest lightly injured.

Ambulances also transported 134 women in labor to hospitals during the fast, and in seven cases actually delivered babies. The babies were delivered in Majdal Shams, Kalansua, Modi’in, Petah Tikva, Carmiel, Jerusalem and Bnei Brak.

Altogether, the ambulance service was called 2,229 times over the holiday, though not all calls resulted in people needing treatment.