Paramedics treat over 1,700 Israelis during Yom Kippur
Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency medical service said Saturday that paramedics were called to respond to over 2,243 incidents during Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
Israel’s streets and major highways were deserted for the holiday during which driving is prohibited, except for emergency vehicles.
While religious Jews commemorated the holy day with a 25-hour fast and intense prayer, secular Israelis took advantage of a once-per-year opportunity to cycle, skateboard, or rollerblade down the country’s busiest highways and roads.
MDA said in a statement that it treated a total of 1,728 people over the holiday, including 228 injured while biking, skateboarding and rollerblading.
Another 268 people were treated for dehydration or fainting due to the fast, which includes a ban on drinking water.
Paramedics were also called to assist 174 women in labor, 7 of whom delivered their babies either at home or in MDA ambulances.