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Yom Kippur: 207 cyclers injured, 130 faint
Paramedics rush to aid of dozens of fasters, cyclers. In several incidents, stones hurled at ambulances
Magen David Adom paramedics tended to over 300 people Saturday – 130 who fainted during the Yom Kippur fast and 207 who sustained injuries from bicycle-related accidents, as numerous Israelis rode their non-motor vehicles on empty roads during the holy day.

 

MDA teams were called in to 2,566 incidents and evacuated 1,973 people to hospitals nationwide, including 145 women in labor.

 

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Ambulances were not always well received, as paramedics reported of incidents in which stones were hurled at ambulances, most likely by people who were enraged at the violation of the day.

 

MDA, however, stressed, that those responsible for throwing the stones were not haredim.

 

Stones were also thrown at a car driving down a central Jerusalem street. No injuries were reported, but according to police, the car's windshields were smashed. Police made no arrests as of yet.

 

A 4-year-old girl drowned in a Bnei Brak mikveh, to which she had entered with her two brothers. The brothers asked for the help of a bystander, who pulled her out of the water and contacted emergency services. She was rushed to the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva, where she was pronounced dead.

 

A 10-year-old girl sustained head injuries from hitting a parked car with her bicycle. MDA evacuated her to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa for further care.

 

 

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