Toddler found wandering alone in the rain on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street

Caregivers yet to be found as child undergoes examination in the hospital accompanied by police officer

A Magen David Adom medic with a toddler found walking alone on Dizengoff Street, November 20, 2023. (Magen David Adom)
A Magen David Adom medic with a toddler found walking alone on Dizengoff Street, November 20, 2023. (Magen David Adom)

A child of around two and a half years of age was found alone on a central Tel Aviv street in the heavy rain on Monday morning.

Shortly after 6 a.m., Magen David Adom received a report about a toddler walking alone on Dizengoff Street. First responders were dispatched to the scene amid concerns of frostbite or other injuries.

In a statement, the organization said that the team found the boy to be in good condition, but that he had been taken to the hospital for a checkup.

MDA medics said that the child was responsive during the examination and “was interested in the ambulance.”

However, he wasn’t able to tell the medics where he lived, and so they were unable to contact his caregivers. Accordingly, a police officer was dispatched to accompany him to the hospital, where he was set to undergo a more thorough examination.

The child was discovered during the first heavy storm of the winter season, which has brought heavy rain and wind to much of the country, including Tel Aviv, as well as fear of flooding across the coastlines.

In a statement on Sunday, the Israel Police warned of “a higher chance of urban flooding,” and urged the public to avoid traveling to high-risk areas.

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