At least 38 people have been killed in a stampede at the largest festival of radical Jews in Israel’s far northeastern Meron region. The BBC quoted Haritz, one of the country’s leading newspapers, as saying.
The Lag Baumar festival is celebrated in the city of Meron, Israel, on the 33rd day of the second month of the Hebrew calendar, the 18th of the year. Arriving at the shrine, the Jews celebrated the festival by lighting fires, dancing and praying.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched to Meron on Thursday. On the way there is a huge crowd. People rush under pressure. At least 38 people were died, according to the daily Haaretz. Hundreds were injured in the stampede. The condition of 20 of them is said to be critical.
However, Megan David Adam (MDA), Israel’s national emergency services, did not mention the death toll. Many have admitted to casualties.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident a “severe disaster.”
As seen in the video posted online, people are desperately trying to leave the crowd and go to safety.
This is the largest festival in Israel since the outbreak of the coronavirus. According to the Times of Israel, about 100,000 people gathered on Thursday night. More people are scheduled to go there on Friday. The festival was postponed last year due to corona. Permission was granted this time after rapid vaccination was completed across the country.