Thursday, April 29, 2021

Dozens dead and many more injured after a stampede at an Israeli religious celebration


By some estimates, about 100,000 people were crammed together near midnight to celebrate the holiday of Lag b’Omer, when ultra-Orthodox Jews traditionally convene at the tomb of a prominent rabbi from antiquity on Mount Meron. The festivities include dancing and bonfires.


Some said people started fleeing after either a grandstand or a roof collapsed. Others said some of the celebrants had slipped on some steps, setting off what the news site Ynet described as a “human avalanche.”