At least 28 die in disaster at Jewish festival in Israel

At least 28 people have died and dozens have been injured when they collapsed in a stadium during a Jewish festival in Israel this Friday (30) local time, Thursday evening (29) in Brazil, according to services. ’emergency. At least 20 are in critical condition.

Local media reported that part of a stadium stand collapsed during the event in Lag B’Omer, north of Mount Meron, in the Upper Galilee, northern Israel. Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews have gathered at the site, where the grave of 2nd century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is for the annual celebrations which include the entire evening of prayer dancing.

On Twitter, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the incident a “major disaster”. “We all pray for the welfare of the victims.”

The celebration took place despite fears from health officials that the metropolitan area could pose a risk for the spread of Covid-19. Police said on Thursday they had arrested two people for disrupting police efforts to maintain order there.

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