The local press estimates that 100,000 people attended the public event, the largest in the country since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. First aid deployed helicopters to evacuate the victims of the incident
A serious incident during a Jewish pilgrimage in northern Israel caused “Dozens of deaths”, as reported by Israeli first aid to the agency AFP. Although it was initially indicated that the possible cause was the collapse of some bleachers, authorities later indicated that it was a stampede.
“The emergency services of Magen David Adom (MDA, Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross) and ambulances are treating dozens of wounded,” added the organization’s spokesman, Zaki Heller, in a statement.
The newspapers Haaretz and Times of Israel they indicated that at least 38 people died in the incident, citing medical sources. However he Jerusalem Post put the balance on at least 28 deceased.
Tens of thousands of people took part in the annual pilgrimage in northern Israel on the night of Thursday through Friday, in the largest public event in the country since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pilgrimage, which celebrates the Jewish holiday of Lag Baomer, takes place in Meron, around the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a 2nd century Talmudist who is credited with writing the Zohar, a central work of Jewish mysticism.
Lag Baomer is a joyful holiday that celebrates the end of a devastating epidemic among students at a Talmudic school at the time.
The authorities had allowed 10,000 people to be present at the tomb, but according to organizers, more than 650 buses were chartered across the country, representing at least 30,000 people. The local press estimated the influx at 100,000 people.
But After midnight, the bleachers collapsed, causing panic and calls to emergency crews who deployed helicopters to evacuate the wounded.
The Israeli press showed the image of a dozen inert bodies lined up in plastic bags surrounded by lifeguards on an asphalt track.