Visiting The Wounded

Today (Thursday), Major General Eitan Dangot, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, visited a Palestinian teacher, who was injured in the bus accident taking place two weeks ago south of Ramallah.

Date: 01.03.12     Author: Uriya Baumer

The injured teacher, Raida Alian, a 37 years old woman from Anata village, was sitting at the front of the bus, and in one moment her life changed completely. She is currently hospitalized in Ichilov hospital in Tel-Aviv, and is suffering from severe burns in her lower body section. “I was sitting at the front of the bus, near one of the escorting parents, and was talking to the driver. The weather conditions were harsh, but the bus enjoyed a good atmosphere”, Raida recollects the events prior to the accident. “Suddenly we heard a loud “boom”, and from that point on, I cannot remember a thing.”

Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Eitan Dangot, visited her at Ichilov, escorted by the hospital Deputy-Director, Prof. Isaac Shapira, head of the Plastic Department, Dr. Eyal Gur, and the Civil Administration Health Coordinator, Mrs. Dalia Basa. Major General Dangot noted in their session that thanks to the work relations and the coordination conducted between the Civil Administration and the CGAT with respect to the Palestinians, more lives were eventually saved.

Raida heartily thanked Mrs. Basa and Major General Dangot for their efficient and helpful coordination, which, to a certain extent, she owes her life to, and thanked the team of physicians and orderlies at Ichilov for their devoted treatment.

The severe automobile accident took place two weeks ago (16 February 2012), at Adam Intersection, south of Ramallah, when a large truck frontally collided with a school-bus from Anata Village, which was driving from the village school towards Ramallah, as part of the school’s annual field trip. Seven people were killed, six of whom were children 4-5 years of age, and a teacher in her thirties. 25 were injured as a result of the heinous accident, and were taken to Israeli hospitals, seven of whom are still hospitalized.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (CGAT), via the Judea and Samaria Civil Administration, and the Civil Administration Health Coordinator, maintained constant communication with their Palestinian counterpart, and jointly and vigorously coordinated the rescue and fire-fighting efforts, and conveyed the injured from the scene of the accident to the hospitals.