by NEWSNER , 2021-04-30 13:45:39
At least 44 people have lost their lives during a stampede during a spiritual festival in Israel.
A BBC report quoted the national emergency service Magen David Adom (MDA) as saying that dozens more were wounded during the Lag B’Omer festival at the foot of Mount Meron.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has termed the incident as a “heavy disaster” and said he was praying for the people that died within the stampede.
According to reports, tens of thousands of individuals attended the church festival amid the Covid19 pandemic.
Several ambulances rushed to the spot and emergency services laid out bodies under foil covers on the bottom.
Police asked everyone at the incident site to evacuate the world.
The report quoted emergency officials as saying that 38 people were in critical condition at the location with six more critically injured but evacuated and scores more injured less seriously.
It has been reported that it started after some attendees slipped on some steps which caused more people to fall.
“It happened during a split second; people just fell, trampling one another . it had been a disaster,” said a witness.
The videos which have gone viral on social media show thousands of individuals tightly packed together for the event, before struggling to escape the chaos because the incident happened.
A man told Channel 12 TV: “No one imagined that this might happen here,” adding, “Rejoicing became mourning, an excellent light became a deep darkness.”
Yanki Farber, a reporter with Orthodox Jewish website Behadrei Haredim told BBC: “Over thousand people together tried to travel down a really, very small place, very narrow road and that they just fell on top of every other.”