At least 44 people were killed in a crowded religious holiday in northeast Israel.
People who said that the state has a great responsibility, said that the stampede came at a time. The biggest fear is the increase in the death toll and its association with covid19
Dozens more were injured at the Lag B’Omer festival, which is held annually at the foot of Mount Meron.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the incident as “a grave disaster” and went to the scene.
Tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews attended the festival, making it the largest event in Israel since the coronavirus epidemic began.
The country’s successful vaccination program has allowed it to lift many restrictions, but health officials still warn of the Covid-19 risk.
İlk raporlar, sahadaki bir yapının çöktüğünü öne sürdü, ancak acil durum yetkilileri daha sonra yerel saatle 01:00 (Perşembe GMT 22:00) civarında bir çarpışma meydana geldiğini söylediler.
Polis kaynakları Haaretz gazetesine, bazı katılımcıların basamaklardan kayarak düzinelerce kişinin düşmesine neden olduktan sonra başladığını söyledi.
& nbsp; “It happened suddenly; people fell by trampling on each other. It was a disaster.”
Videos posted on the Internet show thousands of people struggling to escape a narrow passage.
Loudhailer messages urged the crowd to disperse before police demanded that the site be completely evacuated.
A pilgrim told Kanal 12 TV, “Nobody imagined that this could happen here.” “Joy is mourning, a great light has turned into a deep darkness.”
While the emergency services put corpses on the ground under foil covers, dozens of ambulances joined the scene. While helicopters were taking the wounded to the hospital, the army said that search and rescue units were also deployed.
Authorities said at least 150 people were injured on the field, including 38 in critical condition.
The children were also caught in the disaster, and witnesses said some of the paramedics performed CPR.
Earlier in the day, authorities said they were unable to enforce coronavirus restrictions due to the large crowd.
Police reportedly said they arrested two people for disrupting their efforts to restore order before the crush occurred.
Israel is a nation in shock. This is the worst civil disaster in modern history.
Questions are asked about how an annual celebration turns into such a tragedy.
The police, who are in charge of public safety on the construction site, are accustomed to the emergence of even greater numbers and are already subject to criticism. They started their own investigation.
There are still chaotic scenes on Mount Meron, and hundreds of buses try to drive the participants away.
Meanwhile, many families have struggled to hear from loved ones due to the overload of their phone service.
Some bodies have not been identified yet, and funerals are not expected until after the Jewish Sabbath, which begins at sunset. Leading rabbis called for prayer to support the mourned and wounded.