On the morning of the 4th of Nisan, a civilian convoy of doctors and nurses
travelling to the Hadassa Hospital on Mount Scopus was attacked by Arab forces.
Of the 10 vehicles in the caravan, 5 escaped.
The other 5 vehicles, however, which included 2 buses and an ambulance, were
riddled with machine gun fire and then set ablaze.
Altogether 77 Jewish civilians were massacred on that day.
Shortly afterwards, the hospital was closed down and moved to the western part
The Mt. Scopus Hospital re-opened only after the eastern part of Jerusalem was
liberated by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Primarily staffed by Israeli doctors, it is the largest and best equipped hospital in
the eastern section of Jerusalem.