This morning, paramedic Zaki Yahav took the stand in defense of Elor Azariya, on trial for shooting a wounded terrorist in Hevron.
Yahav described the unique atmosphere of chaos and fear at the scene of the incident: "I am generally calm at the scene of incidents like this, but here, when I arrived, there was chaos, shouts that the terrorists had not been neutralized. I started running to the scene. I was afraid I was going to get blown up.
"There was chaos and fear in the air, shouts of fear[...] Shouts that an explosives expert was needed immediately. From people who are usually calm, whom I work with on a daily basis. Shouts of tangible danger to life."
Yahav was asked to address the claims that the fear of the presence of explosives was a fiction. He replied that to call that fear a "fiction" was to cheapen human life.
"That threat exists all the time," he said. "It is forbidden for us as medics to ignore it. We need to know that, in this region, at any moment somebody could come and activate an explosive," he said.
The testimony comes as a continuation of Azariya's defense team's call of expert witnesses and eyewitnesses to the stand which started last week.