At least 44 people were killed when a rostrum collapsed during the Lag Ba’Omer holiday near Mount Meron, which is located near the northern Israeli city of Safed. This was reported by The Jerusalem Post.
According to the newspaper, over 100 people were wounded.
Earlier, The Times of Israel had reported 38 deaths and over 60 injuries. Some people may have been injured or killed due to the stampede that followed the collapse of the podium. Organizers of the celebration counted more than 100,000 participants in the event by Thursday evening.
According to the Jewish lunar calendar, the holiday of Lag ba-Omer is celebrated on the 18th day of the month of Iyar, which this year fell between sunset on April 29 and the late evening of April 30. It is set to commemorate the end of an epidemic that killed several thousand disciples of the Jewish theologian Akiva, who lived at the turn of the first and second centuries A.D. By tradition, during this holiday, bonfires are burned