Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Chassidim in Ashkelon block ambulances from transporting the sick on shabbos!

Emergency workers are angry after Chassidim blocked ambulances from transporting the sick to hospitals on Shabbat, according to Ichud Hatzalah Ashkelon.

A spokesperson for Ichud Hatzalah Ashkelon said that on Friday night, at 11:00 p.m., they received a call about a woman, who fell unconscious, on Akavya Ben Mehalel Street.

Rescue workers of Ichud Hatzalah and Magen David Adom responded to the scene.

Paramedics began to treat a woman, 90, who was feeling dizzy and lost consciousness.

A Mobile Intensive Care Unit of Magen David Adom began administering CPR on the scene. Paramedics tried to revive the woman for about an hour, and she was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

However, rescue workers were extremely angry after a crowd of Chassidim gathered at the scene, who began obstruction the work of paramedics while screaming “shabes.”

“This is a desecration of Shabbat. There is no need to come with so many ambulances to the scene,” the group of Haredim yelled at the rescue workers.

Since the woman was in critical condition, she required a greater number of EMTs, so paramedics disregarded the Haredi crowd, and went on with their business while suffering from insults.

Rescue workers reported that this was not the first time that Haredim obstruct their work. They urged local rabbis to persuade their followers to stop the practice of protesting and blocking ambulances during emergencies.

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