At least 44 dead in Israel festival stampede

At least 44 dead in Israel festival stampede

At least 44 people have been killed in a stampede at a religious festival in Israel, according to medics. PM Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a “heavy disaster.” 

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.” 

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