West Bank blood drive breaks Israel’s single day record
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West Bank blood drive breaks Israel’s single day record

Samaria Regional Brigade commander organizes event after wife saved by donated blood; with over 1,500 donations, it surpasses Tel Aviv drive during 2014 Gaza war

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Israelis shattered the country’s record for most blood donations in a single day, with over 1,500 do-gooders stopping at a drive in the northern West Bank to participate on Sunday.

The volunteers shattered the previous record of 780, which had been set at a Tel Aviv blood drive organized during the 2014 Gaza war, which saw 74 Israelis killed and 2,270 injured.

Sunday’s blood drive was held at the Samaria Brigade’s military base.

The operation was arranged by Samaria Brigade Commander Sagiv Dahan — in cooperation with the Magen David Adom emergency service and the Samaria Regional Council — after his wife was saved earlier this year by seven rounds of donated blood that she lost during complications giving birth.

Lauding the success of the operation, Dahan said in a statement earlier Sunday that he hoped the drive would pass its goal of 1,200 donations.

Samaria Regional Council chairman Yossi Dagan said, “We see great importance in this cooperation between the settlement movement and the IDF. There is a wide-ranging, extraordinary cooperation here, and to my delight we already see that our strength is in our unity.”

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