Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is declaring Sunday May 2nd 2021 a day of national mourning in Israel after 44 people were killed and dozens more injured in a stampede at a religious festival.
As many as 70-thousand Orthodox Jews were on hand for an all-night festival held each year at the base of Mount Meron, about 100 miles northeast of Tel Aviv.
The stampede started when some of the people, with no space to spare, slipped on some steps.
From there it was a chain reaction, with 44 people killed and 150 hurt. Three dozen of the injured have critical injuries.
Netanyahu is calling it a “huge disaster”.
Worse, this large gathering, with no social distancing whatsoever, took place as the world continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ultra Orthodox Jews make their way out of Mt. Meron, where fatalities were reported during Lag BaOmer festival at Mt. Meron in northern Israel, Friday, April 30, 2021. A stampede at the religious festival attended by tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews in northern Israel killed dozens of people and injured more than 100 others early Friday, medical officials said, in one of the country’s deadliest civilian disasters. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner) April 30th 2021