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Posts Tagged ‘Magen David Adom’

Heavy Sandstorm Strikes Israel: Elderly and Children Seeking Medical Attention

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

By Jonathan Benedek

A heavy sandstorm hit Israel early this morning, blowing in from Syria and Jordan in the northwest. Air pollution levels are very high in northern Israel, particularly in the Jezreel Valley, the Jordan Valley and the Samaria region.

Magen David Adom made preparations this morning to be ready to assist anybody who will need medical attention. “Due to the intense heat that remains throughout the country, we are going through special assessments to provide medical care to victims that may suffer from the heat as well as from haze and dust that hit the country overnight,” said Magen David Adom Chairman Eli Bin. “I call on everyone to be attentive to the recommendations from Magen David Adom in order to prevent casualties.

MDA recommended that vulnerable people such as the elderly, pregnant women and people with heart and lung diseases (asthma, COPD or respiratory illness) stay inside with the windows closed. In addition, MDA suggested to the public at large to avoid partaking in outdoor activities.

Yoni Yagodovsky, Director of the International Department for Magen David Adom told Tazpit News Agency that there has been an increase in the regular rate of medical assistance calls received by Magen David Adom.

“There has been a significant increase of about 20-30% in the number of calls for assistance from people with breathing difficulties,” said Yagodovsky.

In particular, there has been a large number of elderly people suffering from asthma and respiratory disorders, who have been seeking medical assistance from Magen David Adom. “The density of the dust in the air which is really significant today has caused the elderly people to need more active medical assistance in order to breathe better,” explained Yagodovsky. The elderly have either been receiving medical attention at local clinics or by MDA teams in ambulances.

Magen David Adom has also received calls requesting medical attention for children experiencing asthma attacks. “There has been an increase of 30-40% in asthma attacks for children in kindergarten and elementary school,” Yagodovsky told Tazpit News Agency. Yagodovsky added that MDA has also been providing medical care to those with chronic diseases who have been experiencing chest pains and breathing problems.

The dust storm has also led to an increase in the number of car accidents resulting from low visibility due to the high concentration of dust in the air. “The vision is extremely bad in the mountains, but near the (Mediterranean) Sea it is better,” said Yagodovsky. “MDA is asking that people drive slowly and to use headlights.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

IDF Kills Arab Attacker at Gas Station on Highway 443

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

IDF soldiers shot and killed one of a group of Palestinian Authority Arabs who attacked an Israeli civilian Sunday evening at a gas station on Highway 443, the old Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway, near Modi’in.

The terrorist stabbed the 16-year-old Israeli in the shoulder while he was filling his car with gasoline. The attacker then attempted to escape with the rest of the suspected terrorists.

IDF forces who were at the gas station at the time fired at one of the group in order to prevent their escape, and a hit was confirmed, according to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

The stabber was killed by the gunfire, it was subsequently discovered.

The Israeli civilian was treated at the scene for light to moderate wounds and then evacuated to a local hospital by a Magen David Adom emergency medical team.

IDF troops are searching for at least three to four other suspects who were involved in the incident.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Ambulance Attacked in Hebron Hills

Monday, July 27th, 2015

A Magen David Adom ambulance was attacked Monday night as it traveled through the Hebron Hills in Judea, about an hour south of Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists hurled rocks at the Israeli emergency medical response vehicle as it traveled the road between the Jewish communities of Adorayim and Negohot.

No one in the vehicle was physically injured, but the ambulance was damaged in the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Palestinian Authority Teenage Girl Stabs Soldier in Samaria

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

A Palestinian Authority teenage female terrorist stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier at in Samaria Wednesday afternoon.

Magen David Adom medics treated the soldier at the scene for injuries in the upper part of his body.

Soldiers arrested the terrorist, a 15-year-old girl, who approached an IDF post near the community of Nachliel and stabbed him in his back.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

IDF Designates Reserves Company to Provide Medical Care to PA Arabs

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reserves company has recently been designated to exclusively provide humanitarian care and medical assistance to Palestinian Authority Arabs.  The particular company is comprised of medics, nurses and doctors who are trained to provide quality medical care and are able to function like a civilian hospital staff thanks to advanced and equipment and training.

Captain (Res.) Dr. Yishai Lev, the deputy commander of the company explained that the idea for the unit came from IDF soldiers themselves. “The idea of adapting the unit actually came from our soldiers who recognized the need for it in the field,” explained Captain Dr. Lev.

“This medical care stems from our commitment to the Jewish and modern value of human rights,” said Captain Dr. Lev according to a report in the official IDF blog about the unit. The IDF captain further emphasized that when people are injured, attention is not placed on whether or not the person is Israeli, but on the importance of people’s common humanity.

“We felt that medical care was needed for the entire population in times of need. Now, we provide first class care in a variety of situations: during and after riots, operations and even natural disasters,” elaborated Captain Dr. Lev in the IDF blog.

The reservists have been training to improve their ability to provide prompt treatment during high-stress emergencies and providing aid after natural disasters. The medical reservists have also been trained to provide both physical and psychological attention in such situations. Furthermore, Arab patients are also offered an interpreter and if additional care is required, patients can be sent for further medical treatment in Israeli hospitals.

The IDF company also works with Palestinian Authority medical institutions in order to help setup and develop PA medical infrastructure. “When people are in need of care, we can’t afford to be indifferent,” commented Captain Dr. Lev.

“My soldiers leave their families, children and jobs behind not just because they are obligated to carry out their reserve duty, but because they deeply understand the importance of fulfilling their mission and are happy to do so,” he further pointed out.

It is not unusual that IDF paramedics, Magen David Adom team up with Palestinian Authority police and the Red Crescent to together save Arabs injured in traffic or work accidents or medical situations in Judea and Samaria.

An IDF doctor saved the life of a Palestinian Authority baby last April 2014, when a mother brought her choking one-month-old baby from the village of Beitin located northeast of Ramallah to a checkpoint. An IDF officer saw the situation and immediately called an IDF doctor who arrived on scene with his medical team and ambulance to save the baby’s life. “The division headquarters received many phone calls from the villagers of Beitin who expressed their gratitude,” said the IDF doctor at the time of the incident, Sec. Lt. Ben Tzanani.

Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency

Palestinian Authority Terrorist Critically Stabs Policeman in Old City [video]

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

An Arab terrorist from Hebron critically wounded a Border Police officer at the Damascus Gate area in the Old City of Jerusalem around 10:30 Sunday morning

The wounded policeman shot and critically wounded the terrorist. Early reports that the terrorist died have not been confirmed.

Magen David Adom medics treated the policeman and the terrorist before evacuating them to Shaarei Tzedek and Hadassah Ein Kerem hospitals, respectively.

Several posts of incitement on Arab media told readers that Israel left the terrorist to die.

The condition of the Border Police officer, described to be around 20 years old, is life-threatening. Doctors have operated on him.

Police estimate that the terrorist was a “lone wolf,” an increasingly meaningless term given the constant incitement from the Palestinian Authority and Muslim clerics preaching martyrdom.

Police clashed with Arabs in the same area Saturday night as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan gets off to a bloody start.

One person was slightly injured in a rock-throwing attack on his car and was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.

فيديو من مكان العمليه

Posted by Basheer Alnatsheh on Sunday, June 21, 2015


الفيديو الثاني من مكان العمليه

Posted by Basheer Alnatsheh on Sunday, June 21, 2015

On Friday, Palestinian Authority terrorists murdered 25-year-old Daniel Gonen at point-blank range after asking him and his hiking companion for water.

The friend was suffered moderate wounds, and the terrorist still is at-large, along with a suspected accomplice who apparently drove him to and from the scene of the attack.


The terrorist was shot by his victim and later died.

The terrorist was shot by his victim.


Moments after the terrorist stabbed Border Police officer.

Moments after the terrorist stabbed Border Police officer.

Police on the scene.

Police on the scene.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

American Tourist Dies in Tragedy at Masada

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

An American woman visiting Israel has died while touring Masada National Park. Her name has not yet been released for publication.

The young woman, in her twenties, fell to her death while hiking around the wind-swept mountain fortress, according to Magen David Adom paramedics.

“She was showing no signs of life and there were injuries across her body,” said paramedic Uri Tzachi, who spoke with The Jerusalem Post. Tzachi said he found the woman lying near the base of a cliff when he arrived on the scene.

Paramedics who pronounced her dead at the scene said the woman also showed signs of heat stroke, Tzachi added. MDA said it appeared the woman had fallen from a height of approximately eight meters (about 26 feet).

A heat wave throughout Israel was especially intense throughout the Dead Sea area. A thermometer in the MDA ambulance showed the temperature in the vehicle reading 118 degrees.

At least 25 teenage female tourists from the United States were also evacuated to hospital from the same area due to dehydration. It’s a common occurrence for those who are unused to dealing with the dry, hot desert conditions in southern Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

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