Dozens of people died in the northern occupied Palestine town of Meron on Thursday night after a stampede at a large public gathering to celebrate the Lag B’Omer Jewish festival. Rescue services say at least 44 people were killed in the incident.
Emergency services and ambulances “are treating dozens of injured” including “20 patients in a critical state,” Zaki Heller, spokesperson for Magen David Adom, the Israeli emergency service, said in a statement.
Scenes from Meron hours after the accident showed an ultra-Orthodox Jewish crowd in distress, with debris scattered across the ground.
Some survivors had lit candles for the victims while other prayed at a nearby wall