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Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 17:27 GMT
Paramedic battles the horrors
Tel Aviv paramedics transfer an injured man into an ambulance
Even medical staff were shocked by the Tel Aviv attack
Golan Roshan was alerted to Tuesday's Tel Aviv restaurant shooting by the persistent beeping of his pager at 2.30am.

He rushed to the ambulance station to face another day among the dead and the injured amid the continuing Middle East bloodshed.


Words cannot describe... the things that you can see

Paramedic Golan Roshan

He says he still loves his job as a paramedic, but his heavy sighs reveal a weariness.

"It's not easy to come to work and know that every second something could happen," he said.

The restaurant shooting was merely the latest in a long line of tragedies, but Mr Roshan confessed that he and other paramedics were still moved by the things they saw.

'You don't think'

"The people that came from the scene said it wasn't easy to look, to look at the people who had been shot all over their bodies," he said.

Ambulances gather at the scene of a shooting in Jerusalem
Paramedics talk to each other to come to terms with what they have seen

But the medics know they have to blot out the horror, at least for a while.

"Words cannot describe what happened there, the things that you can see," he told the BBC.

"You are shocked but on the other hand you have to do your job and you don't think, you are just working, working, working.

"This is a situation that we could face every day here in Israel. We have to be ready and be prepared to react."


You cannot wake up the day after and say 'nothing happened'

Golan Roshan

The end of a shift does not necessarily mean being able to start afresh.

"It's not that easy because the things you see at the scene are not easy to see - not things you can wake up the day after and say 'nothing happened'," Mr Roshan said.

"I have been in situations like this, it's not getting easier, for sure."

But Mr Roshan will continue to answer the call of his beeper.

"We come to work, we love the job... and if something happens we try to do the best we can."

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