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Pedestrian killed; paramedics treat 2,360 people on Yom Kippur, deliver 2 babies

54-year-old woman dies after being hit by vehicle in north of country; Magen David Adom says coronavirus testing continued in Arab towns

  • Israelis ride their bicycles in Tel Aviv, on Yom Kippur, September 28, 2020 (Miriam Alster/Flash 90)
    Israelis ride their bicycles in Tel Aviv, on Yom Kippur, September 28, 2020 (Miriam Alster/Flash 90)
  • Israelis ride their bicycles along the empty Ayalon highway in Tel Aviv, on Yom Kippur, September 28, 2020 (Miriam Alster/Flash 90)
    Israelis ride their bicycles along the empty Ayalon highway in Tel Aviv, on Yom Kippur, September 28, 2020 (Miriam Alster/Flash 90)
  • Jewish men walk with a prayer shawls in Jerusalem, on Yom Kippur, September 28, 2020 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
    Jewish men walk with a prayer shawls in Jerusalem, on Yom Kippur, September 28, 2020 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
  • Israelis ride their bicycles along the empty Ayalon highway in Tel Aviv, on Yom Kippur, September 28, 2020 (Miriam Alster/Flash 90)
    Israelis ride their bicycles along the empty Ayalon highway in Tel Aviv, on Yom Kippur, September 28, 2020 (Miriam Alster/Flash 90)
  • A man wears a prayer shawl as he crosses a main street on Yom Kippur in Jerusalem Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
    A man wears a prayer shawl as he crosses a main street on Yom Kippur in Jerusalem Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
  • A man blows a shofar at the end of Yom Kippur in Moshav Haniel, September 28, 2020 (Chen Leopold/Flash90)
    A man blows a shofar at the end of Yom Kippur in Moshav Haniel, September 28, 2020 (Chen Leopold/Flash90)

Paramedics from the Magen David Adom emergency services treated 2,360 people in Israel over Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, which began Sunday at sundown and ended Monday evening.

A 54-year-old pedestrian was killed after she was hit by a vehicle in the north of the country. An additional 16 people were injured in traffic accidents.

There were 129 people injured while riding bicycles, skates, scooters and skateboards; five of them were in moderate condition.

The emergency service said 305 people received treatment because they fainted, dehydrated, or felt ill due to the fast. The number was slightly higher than previous years, which was assumed to be due to the large numbers of people praying outside in accordance with virus regulations.

Israelis ride their bicycles in Tel Aviv, on Yom Kippur, September 28, 2020 (Miriam Alster/Flash 90)

Paramedics took 1,818 patients to a hospital, a spokesperson for Magen David Adom said in a statement, including 136 pregnant women.

In addition, medics delivered two babies.

Although coronavirus testing was halted for Yom Kippur in most of the country, Magen David Adom said that 1,595 samples were taken for testing in Arab towns.

The Jewish Day of Atonement is marked by fasting and intense prayer by religious Jews while secular Israelis take advantage of the deserted roads and highways, filling the streets in droves over the holiday, although enthusiasm this year was slightly tempered by the thoroughfares already emptied as a result of the lockdown.

For paramedics, Yom Kippur is one of the busiest days of the year, with hundreds of extra medics, paramedics, ambulances, and volunteers deployed across the country.

Jewish men walk with a prayer shawls in Jerusalem, on Yom Kippur, September 28, 2020 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Last year two children were killed in separate incidents on Yom Kippur while riding their bicycles.

Itay Margi was killed as he crossed Tel Aviv’s Namir Road on his bicycle on October 9, 2019. Margi, who was wearing a helmet, was hit at a pedestrian crossing. Amir Abu Laben, 21, was convicted in June on the charge of reckless homicide. He is due to sentenced next month. Ten-year-old cyclist Riad Abu Shariki was hit by a motorbike and killed on Route 443 in the center of the country.

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