At least 44 people were killed in a stampede while performing pilgrimage to Orthodox Jews in the north Israel, In the largest public event since the start of the pandemic Covid-19 in the country.
A spokesman for the Magen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross, told AFP: “We have counted 38 dead people at the scene, but there are others in the hospital.”
For his part, Ziv Hospital, one of the centers to which the victims were transferred, said that it had recorded six deaths, and thus the temporary balance rose to 44 deaths.
Over time, the balance increases. Rescuers announced that “dozens” of the dead and seriously injured in this tragedy, which occurred on Mount Meron.
Tragedy in Meron: MDA is fighting for the lives of dozens of wounded and will not surrender until the last victim is evacuated.
38 of them are in critical condition and are still on the field
6 in critical condition evacuated
18 seriously injured
39 lightly pic.twitter.com/xUWStFYqQh
Magen David Adom (Mdais) April 30, 2021
In the middle of the night, ambulance sirens sounded near the scene of the tragedy, as paramedics evacuated the dead and wounded bodies.
Rescuers had initially said that a runway had collapsed to explain the injuries, before speaking of a massive “stampede”.
Pictures posted on social media show a procession breaking through a pressurized crowd and approaching a metal structure as worshipers stand around a bonfire.
The exact circumstances that led to the stampede on Friday were unclear, but lifeguard Yehuda Gottlieb, who works for United Hatsala, said he saw men “broken” and “defective,” according to his organization.
The prime minister tweeted last night in Hebrew, “a huge disaster on Mount Meron.” Benjamin NetanyahuWho asked the residents to “pray to save the wounded.”
“All of Israel is praying for the recovery of the survivors,” said opposition leader Yair Lapid, who said he was following the development of the situation “with concern.”