A 6-year-old boy was killed and six other Israelis injured in Jerusalem just hours before the start of Shabbat when a terrorist rammed his vehicle into a crowd waiting at a bus stop.
A Magen David Adom paramedic witnessed the attack and began providing aid immediately while other MDA EMTs and paramedics rushed to the scene to treat others.
“I was in the car with my wife and children and noticed a car driving fast into the bus stop and crushing the people who were waiting there,” said paramedic Lishai Shemesh. “I stopped at the side and immediately ran towards the victims. A security person neutralized the terrorist. It was a shocking scene.
“We saw several victims, including 6- to 8-year-old children, who were lying unconscious. We immediately began to triage the victims and provide lifesaving treatment. MDA teams were immediately at the scene in large numbers, and continued treatment while conveying [the victims] to hospital. I joined one of the ambulances and we conveyed a 26-year-old male with a head injury in serious condition to Shaare Tzedek hospital.”
MDA EMT Shraga Rosenthal:
“The scene was terrible when we arrived. We saw a vehicle near the bus stop that hit pedestrians that were waiting. We saw 6 victims near each other. 2 of them were 6 year old children who were unconscious with severe multi-trauma injuries. A 27 year old male and 30 year old male were unconscious, and 2 further victims were conscious with limb injuries. We provided first aid, and performed CPR on the two children. This is a very serious incident.”
The 6-year-old who died was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others, an 8-year-old child and 20-year-old male, were in critical condition and undergoing CPR en route to the hospital as of this writing.
The incident occurred in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood, at the corner of Gold Meir Blvd. and Binyamin Mintz.