45 Crushed to Death in Israeli Stampede

MOUNT MERON, Israe—Medical teams worked on Friday to identify 45 people crushed to death in a stampede at a religious festival on the slopes of Israel’s Mount Meron, with children among the dead. Witnesses spoke of seeing a “pyramid” of people who were asphyxiated or trampled in a passageway around 3 metres (10 feet) wide at the crowded event in the Galilee. Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews had thronged to the tomb of 2nd-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for the annual Lag B’Omer commemorations that include all-night prayer, mystical songs and dance. The festival was segregated by gender, and medics said the injuries and deaths were concentrated in the men’s section. Police asked family members of those who were still missing to provide pictures and personal information to help with the identification process. By late afternoon, the Health Ministry said 32 of the dead had been identified. As …
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