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Dozens killed in stampede at a big religious festival in Israel

Apr 30, 2021 07:16 IST | By Editorji News Desk

Dozens of people were killed in a stampede at a religious bonfire festival in Israel on Friday, medics said.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described it as a “heavy disaster”.

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews had gathered at the tomb of the 2nd-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for annual commemorations that include all-night prayer and dance.

Local media have put the number of dead at 38. Israeli media published an image of a row of bodies covered in plastic bags on the ground.

Police shut down the site and ordered revellers to be evacuated by bus.

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