A stampede at a spiritual celebration that drew tens of 1000’s of ultra-Orthodox Jews to a mountain in northern Israel late Thursday left no less than 15 folks lifeless and dozens injured, in line with native information reviews.
“A horrible catastrophe” declared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as conflicting reviews trickled in from Mount Meron.
By some estimates, about 100,000 folks had been crammed collectively close to midnight to have fun the feast of Lag b’Omer, when ultra-Orthodox Jews historically convene on the tomb of a outstanding rabbi from antiquity on Mount Meron. The festivities embody dancing and bonfires.
In response to early reviews, the stampede was set off by a collapsing grandstand, although rescue staff later attributed it to the sheer quantity folks.
A video stated to have been taken proper earlier than the stampede confirmed a mass of individuals in ecstatic celebration, shifting virtually as one to the music.