With some 160 injured in clashes, MDA to hold special blood drive due to shortage

Renee Ghert-Zand is the health reporter and a feature writer for The Times of Israel.

A mobile blood donation station. (Magen David Adom)
A mobile blood donation station. (Magen David Adom)

Magen David Adom is holding a special blood drive in Tel Aviv this evening in response to a severe shortage of blood of all types and the difficulty in supplying sufficient blood to hospitals to treat the ill and injured.

Only today, MDA supplied 218 units of blood and blood components to hospitals as they dealt with the violent conflict between groups from within the Eritrean asylum seeker community that resulted in some 160 injured, including 15 in severe condition.

The public is asked to donate blood this evening between 5:30 and 10:30 p.m. in the lobby of Wolfson Medical Center in Holon or the ambulatory emergency department at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

A single unit of blood can save the lives of three people who need a blood transfusion.

Those who cannot make it to the special blood drive locations this evening can donate blood at another time. Information can be found on the MDA website.

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