Peres 'Miraculously' Escapes Injury from Falling Sign
(IsraelNN.com) President Shimon Peres escaped injury at the International Paris Book Fair Thursday when a huge sign collapsed and almost struck him. The accident occurred when Peres was mobbed by journalists and other visitors after he came out of his car. As he made his way to one of the book stalls, the crowd's pressure caused an oversized sign with the word "Israel" on it to collapse.
Peres's bodyguards immediately followed the procedure for attempted assassinations: they covered the president with a bulletproof mat and lay on top of him. The Presidential Residence's economic adviser, Uri Ben Porat, blocked the sign with his left arm and was later hospitalized with a possible broken arm.
Two security men and a Government Press Office photographer, Amos Ben-Gershon, were also hurt. Peres was unscathed. His daughter, Tziki Valdan, who was present at the event, said later: "my father was saved miraculously."