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A step fell on a pilgrimage in Israel: there are 'dozens of dead'


The Jewish holiday of Lag Baomer was celebrated. Authorities had allowed some 10,000 people into the compound of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's grave.

04/29/2021 21:30

  • ClarĂ­

  • World

Updated 04/29/2021 9:30 PM

The collapse of a metal stand, on the occasion of a Jewish pilgrimage in northern Israel, caused "dozens of deaths" and several injuries, according to local rescuers.

"The emergency services of the Magen David Adom (MDA, Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross), and ambulances treat dozens of injured, including" several serious ", said the spokesman of the organization,

Zaki Heller

, in a statement.

Tens of thousands of people participated in the annual pilgrimage in northern Israel on the night from Thursday to Friday, the largest public event in the country since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pilgrimage, which

Celebrating the Jewish holiday of Lag Baomer

, it takes place in Meron, around the tomb of

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yojai

, a 2nd century Talmudist who is credited with writing the Zohar, a central work of Jewish mysticism.

🇮🇱🚨 - HORRIFYING: Multi casualty incident with over 15 deaths and many serious injuries, after a metal platform collapsed and caused a massive stampede in Meron, Israel, during Lag Baomer celebrations tonight - More updates to follow.

- Belaaz (@TheBelaaz) April 29, 2021

Lag Baomer is a joyous holiday

commemorating the end of a devastating epidemic

among the pupils of a Talmudic school at that time.

The authorities had allowed

the presence of 10,000 people in the compound

of the tomb, but, according to the 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 stands collapsed, causing panic and calls for emergency responders who have 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 runway.

News in development

Source: agencies


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