NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 30 Apr, 2021 06:45 am

At least 44 killed in stampede at big Israeli religious festival

At least 44 killed in stampede at big Israeli religious festival
The stampede occurred during the celebrations of Lag BaOmer at Mount Meron.

Meron in northern Israel.Photo / AP WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT A stampede at a religious festival attended by tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews in northern Israel killed at least 44 people and injured some 150 others early Friday local time, medical officials said, in one of the country's deadliest civilian disasters.Meron in northern Israel.Meron in northern Israel.

Eli Beer, director of the Hatzalah rescue service, said he was horrified by how crowded the event was, saying the site was equipped to handle perhaps a quarter of the number who were there.com/6sdbM3lXLr — Belaaz (@TheBelaaz) April 30, 2021 By Friday morning, Zaka, another ambulance service, said the death toll had risen to 44.

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