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November 18, 2014 12:08 pm

First Responders Recount Treating Victims of Jerusalem Terror Attack: ‘It Was One of the Cruelest Scenes I Have Ever Witnessed’

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United Hatzalah volunteers at the scene of the Har Nof synagogue terror attack. Photo: United Hatzalah.

United Hatzalah of Israel is a non-profit, volunteer based medical emergency organization which uses a network of 2,300 volunteers to provide round-the-clock first response services. Frequently the first to arrive at the scenes of terrorist attacks, Hatzalah volunteers reached the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in Har Nof within minutes of today’s terrorist attack, from where they sent the following report:

At 7.15 AM this morning inhabitants of the quiet West Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof were woken up by the sound of gunshots and sirens.

Two Palestinians armed with knives, axes and a gun entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue where worshippers were in the middle of prayer and attacked them, killing four and injuring another seven.

United Hatzalah’s volunteers were informed about a shooting shortly after the first shots rang out and the volunteers living in the neighborhood began to race towards the location.

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Among the first on scene to give medical treatment to the injured was United Hatzalah Paramedic Yanki Erlich. As he bent down to check on the first victim he suddenly heard gunshots fired in his direction. In a desperate attempt to jump to safety from the gunfire he slipped on a puddle of blood and fell, breaking his leg. With great effort, he still managed to drag himself to safety.

EMT Avi Nefosi arrived from around the corner and found himself taking cover behind his car as the gunfight raged overhead and additional police reinforcements raced to the scene. By the time the police declared it safe for medical rescue forces to enter the scene dozens of United Hatzalah volunteers were on scene.

Avi relayed to United Hatzalah headquarters as he entered the scene. “I see one terrorist, neutralized, dead, one police officer lightly wounded in the leg, 2 people dead, I have someone alive, I need more people on the inside”.

Joining him on the sweep of the building United Hatzalah physician Dr. Joyce Morrel. After entering the synagogue and attending to those who needed help she bent down to one of the casualties, still lying on the ground and covered him with his prayer shawl, in which, just a few moments before, he began to pray, suspecting nothing.

“As a medic and an inhabitant of the neighborhood I got to the scene among the first,” says United Hatzalah volunteer Eli Pollak. “First I had to hide under my car since shots were still fired. After the all-clear from the police I could enter the building and face the scene – see the injured and the bodies, some of whom I knew, still in their prayer shawls and tefillins. It was one of the cruelest scenes I have ever witnessed.”   By the time the incident ended 7 people were taken to hospital, 2 in critical condition, 2 with serious wounds and 1 moderately, 2 lightly hurt, among them two policemen and 4 people were declared dead.

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