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Israeli soldiers save four severely injured Palestinians after car accident

By Mason White 7:29 PM March 3, 2014
The scene of the accident 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
Four Palestinians are lucky to be alive thanks to Israeli soldiers after being involved in a car accident, the IDF Blog reported.

The Israel Defense Forces said that a car accident in the Jordan Valley injured four Palestinians on Saturday, including a two-year-old toddler who suffered moderate injuries.

Rescuers from the IDF’s 669 Airborne Rescue and Evacuation Unit evacuated the infant and two severely injured passengers to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital by helicopter. The fourth victim, who was lightly injured, was evacuated to a hospital in Nablus.

“The severely injured passengers were Palestinian residents of the area whose car flipped over due to speeding,” Jordan Valley Brigade Medical Officer Lieutenant Moran Gershoni said.

“Our rescue effort was very difficult, because the vehicle fell into a wadi (valley), 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.