Rabbi Wosner Funeral
Rabbi Wosner Funeral Magen David Adom

Hundreds of United Hatzalah volunteers on foot, ambucycle and ambulance treated 113 people at the funeral of Rav Shmuel Wosner on Saturday night, United Hatzalah stated Monday.

Hundreds were injured early Sunday morning during the funeral, as some 100,000 people flocked to the ceremony to pay their respects in Bnei Brak.

In one particularly brutal incident, eleven people were seriously injured and one man, 27 year-old Mordechai Gerber, was killed.

The scene was initially only accessible by ambucycle medics and volunteers on foot who waded through the teeming crowd to reach the injured parties, Hatzalah stated. United Hatzalah ambucycles also played a vital role in clearing paths for the ambulances to and from the scene.

At one point multiple agencies were working together on 3 simultaneous resuscitations, it added.

United Hatzalah noted that larger funeral have been conducted in Bnei Brak and that the tragedy never should have happened.

“There have been much  larger and more challenging funerals that have occurred in daylight and in the heat of the Bnei Brak summer," United Hatzalah Chairman Zev Kashash commented Monday. "This was not a particularly dangerous environment. All communal and rescue organizations will review their procedures and planning for these types of events in order to hopefully avoid preventable tragedies.”

United Hatzalah volunteers were also on scene to accompany Gerber's body from to his home in Elad to his burial in the Segula Cemetary in Petach Tikva.

The trampling incident has galvanized the United Hatzalah organization into action, and it has called for an urgent meeting of relevant communal organizations, including United Hatzalah, ZAKA, Magen David Adom (MDA), the Israel Police, and others.

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