NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 30 Apr, 2021 01:45 am

Hundreds injured in stampede at big Israeli religious festival

Hundreds injured in stampede at big Israeli religious festival
Israeli media reports that 38 people have died in stampede which left hundreds injured.

Footage posted to Twitter from the gathering at Mount Meron to celebrate Lag BaOmer shows the crush of men, which lead to critical injuries, and reports of deaths.com/a6iiK2NPl1 — כאן חדשות (@kann_news) April 29, 2021 🇮🇱🚨 — BREAKING: According to Magen David Adom, Israel's EMS service, at least 38 people were crushed to death and another 150 injured on Mount Meron this evening during Lag BaOmer celebrations.Tens of thousands of people had gathered at the foot of Mount Meron to celebrate Lag BaOmer, a Jewish holiday honoring Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a 2nd century sage and mystic who is buried there.Magen David Adom tweeted that it was treating 103 people, including 38 in critical condition.

com/6sdbM3lXLr — Belaaz (@TheBelaaz) April 30, 2021 The Israeli military said it had dispatched medics and search and rescue teams along with helicopters to assist with a "mass casualty incident" in the area.Photo / Twitter WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT More than 100 people were injured, dozens critically, in a stampede at a Jewish religious gathering in northern Israel attended by tens of thousands of people, Israel's main rescue service said early Friday (local time).

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