Life in the Fast Lane / MDA Treats 2,100 Injuries During Yom Kippur

Unlike previous years, this year MDA ambulances were not stoned or interfered with.

The Magen David Adom emergency ambulance service treated more than 2,100 people, suffering from dehydration, bicycle injuries or other mishaps over Yom Kippur.

Unlike previous years, this year MDA ambulances were not stoned or interfered with.

Yom Kippur - Daniel Bar-On - 09102011
Daniel Bar-On

In Jewish parts of the country, there is essentially no motor vehicle traffic on the streets during the course of the holy day. Nonetheless, 24 people were hurt in traffic accidents.

This year 58 people were treated for fainting spells while fasting and 28 people had to be resuscitated. Magen David Adom also transported 122 women who were going into labor to hospital during the holiday, which began at sundown Friday and ended Saturday after sundown. Two women ended up giving birth at home with the assistance of paramedics.

With road traffic in much of the country nonexistent on Yom Kippur, many Israeli children took to the streets with bicycles, skates, skateboards, rollerblades and scooters, and 246 of them required first aid for injuries. Some were admitted to hospital.

A man of about 50 was rescued after nearly drowning off a Bat Yam beach.

In Haifa, a 19-year-old was stabbed. He was admitted to Rambam Medical Center in the city in moderate condition.

Entry to Israel from the West Bank was halted under a 48-hour closure for Yom Kippur and for the most part, things remained calm in the territory. Israel Defense Forces troops did, however, encounter two fake explosive charges, near the villages of Luban al-Sharqiya and Asira al-Kabalia. Molotov cocktails were thrown at an IDF position near the West Bank town of Al-Arub, without causing damage or injury.

Some visitors to the Nitzanim beach on Israel's southern Mediterranean coast complained that they were charged for a two-night stay on their arrival on the eve of Yom Kippur even if they were planning to only spending one night. The guard at the beach reportedly promised a refund after the holiday ended for those who spent one night, but according to at least one visitor, the overpayment for the second night was not refunded.

The head of the Hof Ashkelon regional council, whose jurisdiction includes the Nitzanim beach, called the failure to refund the admission fee a "serious" matter and called on other members of the public who encountered the same problem to contact the regional council.