While most Israelis had the day off on Yom Kippur, Magen David Adom paramedics had a busy day, treating 2,334 people across the country for a variety of ailments.
MDA spokesman Zaki Heller said 1,464 of those people treated were hospitalized, including 108 people who feinted while observing the Yom Kippur fast. Nine of these people had to be given CPR by paramedics.
Like every year, Yom Kippur was again Israel’s national bike riding holiday, with thousands of Israelis, most of them children, taking to the deserted streets of Israeli cities on their bicycles. Also like every year, bike accidents were aplenty, with 264 minors suffering injuries, Heller said. In addition, another 18 people were hurt in 13 traffic accidents, including five who were moderately injured.
Heller also said there were three cases of people throwing rocks at ambulances driving on Israeli streets during Yom Kippur, adding that in all the incidents, the offenders were apparently non-Haredi youths.
On a more positive note, 145 pregnant women went into labor, and 5 were delivered by paramedics, according to Heller.