Throughout the night we have received updates from our colleagues in Israel, each more devastating than the one before. The horrific events at the Lag B’Omer celebrations in Meron have turned what should have been the happiest of nights into what will be the saddest of days. Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by this tragedy and our teams who continue to fight so bravely to save more lives.

The immediate concern is the blood supply in Israel. MDA has put out an urgent request and we would urge any Brits on Gap Years or other programmes to go to their nearest blood donation centre and give blood.

Magen David Adom UK has offered its unconditional support to MDA Israel and we are ready to respond as needed. All of the Magen David Adom family prays for the speedy recovery of those in hospital and at the same time we mourn those whose lives have been lost.

May their memory be for a blessing.

We will be providing ongoing updates on the situation as we receive them across our social media channels.

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