Commander Reshef Eli Basson, whose fire brigade unit arrived at the scene of a Yerushalayim family’s poisoning today, revealed to Arutz Sheva that the poison levels at the Givat Mordechai home were the highest ever recorded.
Basson stated that when the meter was brought out, the toxicity level astounded his team – to the point where “I wondered how the exterminator could have left his materials inside the apartment.”
“Yerushalayim residents have suffered a difficult week,” he continued. “I advise everyone to be careful.”
Basson is referring to this week’s double tragedy: Wednesday’s poisoning of a Givat Mordechai family, which killed a 2 year-old and a 4 year-old and left two older children hospitalized in serious condition, and Sunday’s gas explosion in Gilo, which killed a young couple and their infant son.
Today’s tragedy occurred after an exterminator left highly toxic materials – the same agents used in Syria’s chemical weapons – in the apartment’s enclosed security room, also known as the “Mamad” or bomb shelter. The exterminator has been arrested.
The family’s youngest children, ages 2 and 4, died from the poison today. The rest of the family has been recovering – albeit slowly – as no medication exists to treat the poison, according to hospital staff. Read more at Arutz Sheva.