MK Yinon Azoulai at the scene of the accident on Highway 6 on Monday - Credit: United Hatzalah

Jerusalem — Newly sworn in Yinon Azoulai, took the oath of office last Wednesday in place of his father David Azoulai who served and still serves as the Minister of Religious Services.

Yinon Azoulai took his father’s place as part of the Shas party and is a member of the current government. The elder Azoulai has to undergo medical treatment and felt that the treatment combined with his Knesset responsibilities were too much for him.

Yinon now serves in the Knesset plenum and as a member of the Shas party. Even with his new responsibilities, he has not given up those he took upon himself previously and still serves as a volunteer first responder for United Hatzalah. This week, MK Azoulai responded to a traffic accident on Highway 6 near the Sorek interchange in which five people were injured.

The accident involved a taxi and two private vehicles that had flipped over. One person was seriously injured, one person was moderately injured and three people were lightly injured.

MK Azoulai said: “When I arrived at the scene before the ambulances were able to arrive, I saw two vehicles that had flipped over and another vehicle, a taxi, that had been involved in the accident. One of the injured was an infant. After we treated them, they were taken to the hospital for further care and observation.”

Following the incident, United Hatzalah President and Founder Eli Beer said: “Our volunteers come from all segments and sectors of society. We are proud of each and every one of them. From our volunteers who sell sandwiches and drive trucks, to those who serve in various branches of the government, and now even in the Knesset. It is important to us as an organization to have our network of volunteer responders spread all over Israel, in every town, kibbutz, and city, and in every level of society so as to be able to provide the fastest emergency medical response possible. I am glad that MK Azoulai is continuing to volunteer with us even with his new responsibilities. Now, if there is a medical emergency in the Knesset, one of our volunteers will be there in less time than it would have taken previously.”

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