October 20, 2021

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“Dozens killed” in Israeli pilgrimage

"Dozens killed" in Israeli pilgrimage

Meron | A large stampede during a Jewish pilgrimage to northern Israel “killed dozens” Friday, defenders said in a new toll.

Magen David Adom – Israel, equivalent to the Red Cross – claimed that at least 20 people were injured in the situation, before reviewing the number of “dozens of dead” and ten seriously injured.

At midnight, the twinkling lights of dozens of ambulances glowed on the edges near the tragic scene of Mont Marone.

Defenders first mentioned the fall of the stands to explain these injuries, then triggered a large “stamp”.

Tens of thousands of people took part in the annual pilgrimage to northern Israel overnight from Thursday to Friday for the largest public event in the country since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pilgrimage, which takes place on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Lagbamer, takes place around the tomb of the Talmudist Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochos of Maron II.E The century of the Christian age, to which we attribute the writing of Johar, is the central text of Jewish spirituality.

Log Balmer is a joyous holiday that commemorates the end of a devastating epidemic among the students of a Talmudic school at that time.

Authorities allowed 10,000 people to stay on the grave site, but, according to organizers, more than 650 buses were chartered across the country, at least 30,000 people, local newspapers reported 100 000 people at the site.

But after midnight, emergency calls for rescuers escalated, and six helicopters were deployed to transport the injured to hospitals in two northern cities, Safed and Naharia.

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Helicopter deployment

Contacting the AFP, the Israeli military confirmed that it had deployed heroncopters to rescue victims in the incident at Mount Moron.

The Israeli media quickly wrapped dozens of inanimate bodies in plastic bags and surrounded them with guards on the Tarmac track.

Police, who hired 5,000 agents to ensure the safety of the incident, reported monster traffic jams on roads leading north of the country.

Magen David Adom has previously reported cases of people fainting from the heat and others being lightly burned by traditionally lit campfires each year.

In 2019, a year before the pandemic to cancel the pilgrimage in 2020, organizers estimated that 250,000 pilgrims had traveled there.

Since December, more than five million Israelis (53% of the population) have received two doses of the vaccine, or 80% of the population over the age of 20, according to official data from the country, which has recorded 838,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 6,300 deaths.