More than 40 people killed in ‘disastrous’ stampede at Israel religious festival
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At least 44 people have been killed in a stampede at a religious bonfire festival in Israel, officials have said.
Some 150 people were in hospital injured, some critically, following the incident at the Lag B'Omer event in northern Mount Meron.
Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews were gathered at the tomb of a 2nd-century sage for annual commemorations, which include all-night prayer and dance.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the incident as a "heavy disaster”. He added: "We are all praying for the wellbeing of the casualties."
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