Yom Kippur bicycle riding
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Yom Kippur: 3 drown, 93 faint due to fast

Three people found dead after drowning in locations throughout the country on Yom Kippur, total of 2,053 people treated by Magen David Adom

As Yom Kippur came to a close Saturday evening, three men were reported dead after drowning, two of them Friday afternoon, and one during the fast.


At 4:30 pm on Friday, Magen David Adom parademics in the Gush Dan area removed the body of a man, aged 40, who was found among the rocks in the Mediterranean at the Charles Clore beach in Tel Aviv. An MDA spokesman, Zachi Heller, reported that paramedic pronounced the victim dead at the beach. The victim's identity has not yet been released.

Empty streets of Jerusalem (Photo: Reuters)


In another incident just before the fast commenced, a spokesperson for Amakim Police reported that MDA personnel pronounced a 23-year old man dead in the center of the country. The man and his girlfriend went swimming at Amnon Beach in the Kinneret. When the woman realized her boyfriend was not emerging from the water, she called the police, who arrived at the scene and found the victim floating in the water nearby. MDA staff from the Jordan region were called to the site and tried to resuscitate the victim, however ultimately pronounced him dead.


Also on Saturday, a 32-year old man drowned to death in the Dead Sea.


Two incidents of stone-throwing at cars were reported in the northern town of Carmiel on the road leading to Misgav. Police noted that 70 police officers were deployed along Highway 85 between Moshav Shazur and Gilon Junction to prevent both stone-throwing and car racing.


Haredim threw stones Saturday afternoon at police cars driving on Haim Bar-Lev Boulevard in Jerusalem. There were no casualties. Also on Saturday, dozens of youths threw stones and Molotov cocktails at border policeman adjacent to the Al-Issawiya village in east Jerusalem. There were no injuries or damage reported. Six of the stone-throwers were arrested and taken in for investigation.


On Friday a 41-year old man riding a water tube in the Dead Sea lost control and was washed away with the current. The Arad, Ein Gedi and Megilot emergency services rescued the man and he was transported by helicopter in light to moderate condition to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.


MDA staff treated a total 2,053 people throughout the holiday, of them 93 fainted due to fasting and 22 required resuscitation. MDA were summoned to transport 133 women in labor to hospitals throughout the country. In total, 242 children were injured due to bicycle-related injuries and required medical attention. Twenty-six people were injured in car accidents throughout the country.


Ahiya Raved, Ilana Curiel, Sharon Roffe-Ofir and Hagai Einav contributed to this report.



פרסום ראשון: 09.18.10, 22:32
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