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Thousands hurt in stampede at Israel religious festival

David Cohen, Reuters

Posted at Apr 30 2021 12:22 PM

Thousands hurt in stampede at Israel religious festival

Medics and rescue workers carry stretchers in Mount Meron, northern Israel on Friday, where fatalities were reported among the ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered for the annual Lag B'Omer commemorations. Dozens of people were killed in a stampede when tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews thronged to the Galilee tomb of 2nd-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai that included all-night prayer, mystical songs and dance.