Tel Aviv: A number of people have been killed in a stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage center in Israel. The death toll of 44 has been confirmed. The death toll could rise as the condition of many is critical. Several people have been hospitalized. The incident took place at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a Jewish priest in Meron. Conservative Jews come here. There were no celebrations last year because of Corona. It is the largest religious event in Israel since the Corona.
It is reported that three times as many people attended the event as allowed. People dispersed as part of the stadium adjacent to the tomb collapsed. Later, people died suddenly in the stampede. 38 people died on the spot. Six people have died at the Siv Hospital. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that a catastrophe has occurred. Army and disaster relief aircraft are taking part in the rescue operation.
The Israeli media released footage of the bodies lined up. The spread of corona in Israel has decreased. Although the vast majority of people have been vaccinated, large gatherings are still under control. About 10,000 people were allowed to congregate at the Pilgrimage Center in Meron. However, 650 buses were booked from various parts of Israel. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people came here.