At least 44 dead in Israel festival stampede
The crowds packed into the Mount Meron slope – despite Covid-19 warnings. Witnesses said people were asphyxiated or trampled in a passageway.
The PA system announced the crowd should disperse.
“We thought maybe there was a (bomb) alert over a suspicious package. No one imagined that this could happen here. Rejoicing became mourning, a great light became a deep darkness,” said one attendee.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service said 103 people had been injured, including dozens of fatalities. Channel 12 put the number of deaths at 40 – those killed included children, according to witnesses.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: “We are all praying for the wellbeing of the casualties.”