Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the incident as a “heavy disaster” and added: “We are all praying for the wellbeing of the casualties.”
President Reuven Rivlin also tweeted that he was following the reports from Meron and praying for the recovery of the injured.
44 people killed in a stampede at a pilgrimage site in northern Israel now updated.
Dozens of people died in the northern Israeli town of Meron on Thursday night after a stampede at a large public gathering to celebrate the Lag B’Omer Jewish festival. Rescue services say at least 38 people were killed in the incident.
At least 38 people are dead and more than 100 are injured.
Emergency services and ambulances “are treating dozens of injured” including “20 patients in a critical state,” Zaki Heller, spokesperson for Magen David Adom, the Israeli emergency service, said in a statement.