Jerusalem: At least 38 people were killed and 100 others injured in an apparent stampede at an overcrowded Israeli festival after midnight Thursday, local media reported.
The mass gathering was organised to celebrate the Lag B’Omer holiday at Mount Meron. The tragedy happened on Mount Meron in northern Israel. The specific cause was not immediately clear, but initial reports pointed to a stand collapse at a concert.
Israeli ambulance service Magen David Adom tweeted that it was treating 50 people, including 20 in critical condition. Citing the massive size of the gathering, rescue authorities said they struggled to evacuate the trapped people, according to Haaretz daily.
Six helicopters have been dispatched to the scene to evacuate the injured and a field hospital has been set up.
According to police sources, the stampede occurred after some revellers slipped on steps, causing more people to fall over. The rescue service said 6 helicopters and dozens of ambulances were evacuating the wounded to the Ziv hospital in Safed and the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya. The cause of the stampede has not been ascertained yet.
(With Xinhua and ANI inputs)