Photos courtesy ZAKA

ZAKA volunteers were among the first on the scene of the Jerusalem bomb attack, which took place just outside the ZAKA headquarters in central Jerusalem.

The ZAKA volunteers, who were meeting to discuss arrangements on sending a rescue and recovery team team out to Japan, ran to the scene of the explosion, carrying their emergency first aid equipment.

Motti Bukchin, ZAKA volunteer: “We immediately began treating the wounded – two women who were lying on the pavement, by the side of the bus. We were joined by other ZAKA volunteers and emergency workers who assisted in treating and evacuating the wounded to hospital. We have not witnessed scenes like these in Jerusalem for years.”

The ZAKA volunteers are currently working on clearing the scene, including blood and body parts which have been spread over a wide area by the blast.

31 people were injured in the blast.