Israeli investigators are analyzing what triggered a crush that killed at the very least 44 worshipers at a mass non secular gathering in Mount Meron in a single day.
1000’s of worshipers had crowded onto the mountain burial web site to have fun the Lag B’Omer vacation, an annual occasion to pay homage to second-century Mishnaic sage Rabbi Shim Bar Yochai.
However within the early hours of Friday morning, singing and dancing erupted into chaos, as an enormous wave of individuals trapped others beneath them, together with youngsters, witnesses advised Reuters.
“We had been going to go inside for the dancing and stuff and the entire sudden we noticed paramedics from MADA working by, like mid-CPR on youngsters, after which one after the opposite began popping out,” mentioned Shlomo Katz.
One other attendee, Wice Israel, mentioned he noticed folks falling to the bottom. “It was crowded and there have been there round 60,000 to 70,000 folks, no place to maneuver, and folks began to fall to the bottom, quite a bit fell to the bottom,” he mentioned.
Dov Maisel from the volunteer-based emergency group United Hatzalah advised CNN that an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 folks had been on the mountain.
He mentioned hundreds of individuals tightly packed in a small space had fallen down a staircase and crushed one another. “General they often management the gang, however at a sure level on the peak the gang grew to become too tight,” Maisel mentioned.