May 7, 2021

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More than 40 people were killed during a religious festival in Israel

Local authorities say more than 40 people have been killed in clashes between religious groups in northern Israel.

A spokesman for Zaka Ambulance Service, Oti Bukachi, told Channel 12 on Friday that 44 people had been killed in the crash.

The accident took place on Mount Meron, the main festival of La Baumer, where tens of thousands of people, especially the most orthodox Jews, were buried there to celebrate the 2nd century sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochain.

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Israeli security officials and rescuers stand around the bodies of those killed in the crash.

Israeli rescue services spokesman Magen David Adom Zaki Heller added that about 150 people had been hospitalized in the crash.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “great tragedy” and said everyone was praying for the victims.

The incident took place after midnight on Friday, and the cause is still unknown. Videos circulating on social media showed a large crowd gathered in cramped spaces.

“A lot of people were pushed into the same corner and there was a whirlwind,” the 24-year-old witness told Army Radio under the name Dever.

He fell in the first row, and then in the second row he began to feel the pressure.

“I felt like I was about to die.

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Nearly 150 hospitalized in hospital (JINIPIX by AP)

Magen David Adom said on his Twitter account that he was treating 103 people, including 38 in critical condition. Earlier, Israeli media reported that a large gathering place had collapsed, but rescue services said all the injuries were caused by the victims.

The Israeli army said it had sent medical personnel and search and rescue teams by helicopter to help with the “disaster.”

It was the first large-scale religious gathering since Israel lifted all restrictions on cholera.

Traditionally, many people set fire to fires.

Since the launch of one of the world’s most successful immunization campaigns late last year, the country has suffered a setback.

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