Dozens injured in stampede at major Israeli religious holiday


More than 100 people were injured, dozens critically, in a stampede at a Jewish religious rally in northern Israel attended by tens of thousands, the main rescue service said on Friday. Israeli.

Magen David Adom tweeted that he was treating 103 people, 38 of them in critical condition. Israeli media had previously reported that a grandstand had collapsed, but rescue services said all injuries occurred in a stampede.

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The incident happened late at night and there were conflicting reports of a fall from a grandstand.

Tens of thousands of people gathered at the foot of Mount Meron to celebrate Lag BaOmer, a Jewish holiday in honor of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a 2nd century sage and mystic who is buried there.

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It was the first large religious gathering of its kind to be held legally since Israel lifted nearly all restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The country has seen cases drop since one of the world’s most successful vaccination campaigns launched late last year.

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