IDF soldiers rescued four injured Palestinian Arabs, including a two-year-old infant who suffered moderate injuries, and evacuated them to the hospital. Here is the full report published on the Israel Defense Forces blog:

Rescuers from the IDF’s 669 Search and Rescue Unit evacuated a two-year old infant and three injured passengers, two of them severely, to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital by helicopter. The fourth victim, who was lightly injured, was evacuated to a hospital in Nablus (Shechem).

“The severely injured passengers were Palestinian residents of the area whose car flipped over due to speeding,” said Jordan Valley Brigade Medical Officer, Lt. Moran Gershoni. “Our rescue effort was very difficult, because the vehicle fell into a wadi, and we needed to rescue the passengers on foot using stretchers,” she continued. “We arrived at the scene within 10 minutes and then carried out our life-saving procedures on site.”

Last weekend, IDF medical teams in the Jordan Valley responded to more than 10 emergencies, a record number for soldiers stationed in the region. Car accidents happen often in the Jordan Valley, where IDF medical forces typically handle at least one emergency per day.



The car accident was just one part of a long and busy day for the IDF medical forces. The soldiers started their morning at 3:00 AM, when they rushed to assist an Austrian tourist who suffered a heart attack. After a number of complex resuscitation attempts, the soldiers unfortunately had to confirm the patient’s death.

That night, the military Intensive Care Unit saved a resident from Galgal who had suffered a pulmonary edema, and treated three minor casualties that had resulted from a stabbing incident. “We also received a report of two motorcyclists who had crashed into a flock of sheep and were injured,” Lieutenant Gershoni said. “After that, while touring the area, we received a report of a child with a head injury who had come to our base’s entrance with his father.”

March 2, 2014