Stampede in Israel killed dozens over 100 injured in Mt. Meron
Over 40 people were killed on Thursday night after a stampede broke out as massive crowds gathered at the Mount Meron religious gathering for the holiday of Lag Ba’omer, in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “heavy disaster”.
Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews had thronged to the Mount Meron tomb of 2nd-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for annual Lag Baomer commemorations that include all-night prayer, mystical songs and dance. Most of the dead were said to be from the Toldot Aharon hassidic sect, based in Jerusalem.