More Than 40 People Died In Stampede At Religious Festival In Israel

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More than 40 people died, and over one hundred were injured during an accident at the religious gathering on Friday.

The disaster occurred in Meron at the site of the reputed tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century Talmudic sage, where mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews flock to mark the Lag BaOmer holiday. 

The exact cause of the accident is not clear, but the footage on social media shows men clambering through gaps in sheets of torn corrugated iron.

According to unconfirmed information, some visitors slipped on the stairs. That caused a chain reaction; many people started running and create a deadly stampede.

After the stampede, police closed access to the area to prevent a crowd from gathering while rescue workers and security forces worked to clear the area and identify the victims.

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