Dozens killed in stampede during gathering at Israeli holy site: report

Dozens killed in stampede during gathering at Israeli holy site: report


More than three dozen people were trampled to death at a festival in Israel; the country’s largest gathering since reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least 38 people were killed when a grandstand collapsed at the annual Lag Ba’omer festivities at the foot of Mount Meron Thursday night, according to Haaretz.

More than 100 people were injured, The Jerusalem Post reported.

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A stampede began when some people slipped on steps, causing dozens of others to fall backwards, Haaretz reported.

Officials struggled to rescue and evacuate trapped revelers in the densely populated site, after tens of thousands of people had made the pilgrimage to the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the Israeli newspaper said.

Dozens are injured, with 6 in critical condition, 18 in serious condition, 2 in moderate condition and 39 sustaining light injuries.Twitter

“It happened in a split second; people just fell, trampling each other. It was a disaster,” a witness at Mount Meron said.  

“We were

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