As of 4:00 pm Israel time, United Hatzalah EMS volunteers have treated 612 people for various injuries at Meron. “Today, many additional people required treatment for heat stroke, faintness, and dehydration due to the warm temperatures and large crowds in tight spaces that caused a lack of breathable oxygen throughout the afternoon,” said Founder and President Eli Beer.
EMS teams in the field have asked that parents do not bring small children to the tzion of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai itself during the afternoon hours as it is dangerous due to the heat, lack of oxygen, and threat of being trampled.
Additionally, President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said that “The organization’s staff of volunteers has been on hand since the middle of last week providing medical treatment to anyone who needs it. We have teams patrolling the compound of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai as well as the rest of the town and designated parking areas. Our volunteers are patrolling on ambucycle, ATV, and on foot, in order to provide the fastest response to those injured during the festivities, even if they are in crowded or hard to reach areas.”
Photos courtesy of United Hatzalah