Photo Credit: Anav-Silverman / Tazpit
Ben Gurion airport Terminal 3

An ultra-Orthodox family from Manchester, UK, faced tragedy at Ben-Gurion Airport Monday evening as they made their way home after a week-long visit in Israel. Shortly before boarding the plane, the father, in his fifties, suddenly collapsed, likely due to a heart attack.

ZAKA volunteers were called to the scene, where they performed emergency treatment, but eventually pronounced the man dead.

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Shlomic Segel, commander of the ZAKA unit in Modi’in Illit who was at the scene, said, “We received a report of a man who had collapsed in Terminal 3 as he was boarding the plane. When we arrived, I saw the children of the family. We tried to calm them down while we were performing life-saving treatment, because they were in a panic.”

The victim’s body was taken by ZAKA paramedics to Terminal 1 from where it will be transported to undergo an autopsy. The volunteers stayed with the man’s wife and children and will be accompanying them to provide support.

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