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  • Magen David Adom says a woman in Kiryat Gat is in serious condition after being wounded by shrapnel from a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.
  • Iron Dome intercepts dozens of rockets
  • IDF tanks and helicopters began attacking terrorist targets belonging to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, IDF Spokesperson's Unit reported on Saturday.
  • The IDF says rocket warning sirens have sounded in the Jerusalem-area city of Beit Shemesh.
  • Sirens have sounded in the Lachish, Yoav, Hof Ashkelon and Shafir regional councils.
  • MDA Southern Command on Code Red alert.
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Shimon Abitbul, deputy director of the Yarkon Region for Magen David Adom in Israel.
Having treated dozens of wounded soldiers and civilians during Israel’s 2006 war with Lebanon, Magen David Adom Paramedic Shimon Abitbul is no stranger to treating victims of gun violence.
 
Little did Shimon think, however, that he’d be treating gunshot victims in Poway, California, where he was attending Shabbat services while visiting his daughter and grandchildren. Shimon has always regarded his trips to California as a respite from the tension that often grips his community in Kiryat Shmona, near Israel’s borders with Syria and Lebanon. But the sense of peace he experienced visiting California was shattered on Shabbat morning.
 
When the shooting subsided, Shimon sprang into action, doing what he’s been doing as an MDA paramedic for decades, and began administering CPR to a 60-year-old congregant who was grievously wounded in the attack — and who ultimately died of her wounds. 
 

YOTAM'S WISH

Yotam at the age of 3 was diagnosed with cancer. He was hospitalised in the Oncology Ward at Ein Karem Hospital awaiting a bone marrow transplant but his general health was poor and his blood count was far too low to perform the procedure.
 
The Oncology Ward overlooks the MDA ambulance helipad and each time an ambulance landed or departed, Yotam would watch out of the window and dream of flying in one of those helicopters.

The MDA WISH Ambulance team took Yotam to the helipad, gave him a lesson on helicopter operations and fitted him with his very own headset. The helicopter took off giving Yotam the exhilarating experience of flying.
 
When they landed, the expression on Yotam's face was priceless. He jumped into his mother Ravit's arms totally ecstatic. His WISH had been granted.
On returning to the hospital the doctors were reluctant to again test Yotam's blood count in preparation for the bone marrow transplant but on Ravit's insistence the check showed a marked increase in Yotam's blood count.
 
He was able to receive the wonderful donation of bone marrow from his sister, Elisheva.
 
"Suddenly you realise, that the soul has such a profound effect on the body. By granting Yotam his WISH, we've helped make the transplant a reality."
Yonat, MDA Paramedic Wish          Ambulance Project Manager.
 
"You see these people, their dedication and compassion, such energy they invested in cheering up Yotam and making him happy. It was so powerful and significant"
Ravit, Yotam's Mother.
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(pictured) donated to Magen David Adom in honour of their bar mitzvahs.
 
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