The gathering on Thursday in northern Galilee was described as the biggest in Israel for the reason that pandemic broke out — and 1000’s extra individuals had been anticipated to reach at Mount Meron on Friday.
Earlier within the night, earlier than the stampede, the Israeli police stated that they had arrested two individuals for disrupting officers’ efforts to maintain order on the web site. However the crowd was so huge, the police stated, that they may not make individuals observe coronavirus restrictions.
As soon as emergency medical staff have been capable of acquire entry, they labored to resuscitate some victims, the newspaper Haaretz reported. Helicopters additionally have been despatched to evacuate the injured.
However some — the numbers diversified — have been past saving.
The Instances of Israel put the loss of life toll at 28 or extra. Photographs from the catastrophe scene confirmed our bodies on stretchers, lined with blankets.
The police shut down the celebration and ordered the revelers to be evacuated by bus, Reuters reported.