Dozens of people were crushed and killed in the crowd at an Israeli religious festival

Mount Melon, Israel — Dozens of people were crushed and killed in the crowd at a religious bonfire festival in Israel on Friday, medical officials said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a “catastrophe.”

Crash rushes to the tomb of Galilea, the sage of the second century, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, for an overnight prayer, mysterious song, and dance to Lag BaOmer’s memorial ceremony with tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews. It happened when.

According to witnesses, people were suffocated and trampled in dense corridors and were unaware until the PA system called for dissolution as the crowd filled the slopes of Mount Meron against the warning of COVID-19. There were also people.

The helicopter carried the injured to a hospital in northern Israel, said Magen David Adom (MDA) Ambulance Service. Israeli forces said search and rescue units and medical teams were scrambled.

Ambulance officials described the incident as a “stampede” and said 103 people were injured, including dozens of people killed. According to witnesses, the death toll on Channel 12 was 40.

“We stood up and waited for our friends. We went in for dancing and so on. Suddenly, an MDA paramedic was running like a child’s CPR,” said 36. Schromokats told Reuters.

Israel Festival Stampede
Israeli security officials and rescuers carry the bodies of victims who died at a Lag BaOmer celebration in the mountains. April 30, 2021, Melon in northern Israel. (AP photo)
Healthcare workers and rescue workers attended a Lagbaomel event on Mount Meron in northern Israel, where deaths were reported.
Healthcare workers and rescue workers will attend the Lag BaOmer event. The event reported the deaths of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered at the tombs of Sage in the second century for an annual memorial, including overnight prayers and dances on Mount Meron. Israel, April 30, 2021. (Stringer / Reuters)

Then he saw the ambulances coming out “one after another” and realized that something was terribly wrong.

The site is primarily gender-separated, and bystander videos suggest that one of the men’s sections had a crash.

A video posted on social media showed a chaotic scene when an ultra-Orthodox man climbed through a gap in a torn galvanized iron sheet to prevent it from being crushed. The body is placed on a stretcher in the hallway and covered with a blanket of foil.

A pilgrim who named him Yitzhak told Channel 12TV: No one had imagined that this could happen here. Joy was in mourning, and the great light became deep darkness. “

“Rabbi Simon said he could exempt the world … If he couldn’t revoke this edict on the day of exaltation, we need to pursue the true soul.”

According to a video delivered by a medical practitioner, when the site was cleared, rescue workers fell on a railing and cried when a colleague comforted them.

Netanyahu called this a “catastrophe,” and added on Twitter: “We all pray for the happiness of the victims.”

When rescue workers tried to rescue the victims, police closed the scene and ordered the murderers to be expelled. The Ministry of Transport has suspended road construction in the area to allow ambulances and pilgrims’ buses to move unimpeded. Military helicopters carried some victims to the hospital.

The tomb of Mount Meron is considered one of the most sacred sites in the Jewish world and is an annual pilgrimage site. The event was considered to be one of the largest gatherings of people in Israel since the coronavirus pandemic broke out over a year ago.

Private bonfires on Mount Meron were banned last year due to coronavirus restrictions, but this year in Israel’s rapid COVID-19 vaccination program, where more than 54% of the population was fully vaccinated. The blockade has been relaxed.

By Rami Amichay

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