In a tragic incident in Israel a dozens of people were crushed to death in a crowd at a religious bonfire festival in Israel on Friday. The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu described the incident as a "heavy disaster".
The tragic incident took place when tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews crowded to the Galilee tomb of 2nd-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for annual Lag B'Omer commemorations that include all-night prayer, mystical songs and dance.
Witnesses said that the people were suffocated and compressed in a tightly packed passageway, some going unnoticed until the PA system sounded an appeal to disperse, as crowds packed the Mount Meron slope in defiance of COVID-19 warnings.
The injured people were rushed to hospitals in northern Israel by Hospital. The Israeli military conducted search and rescue operation troops.
Ambulance officials described the incident as a stampede and said 103 people had been injured, including dozens fatally. Channel 12 of Israel said put the number of fatalities is 40 included children.