Benjamin Netanyahu (M), Prime Minister of Israel, visits the place where dozens of believers were killed in a mass panic early Friday during the Jewish religious festival Lag BaOmer in northern Israel. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich / dpa
It is important to ensure that such a disaster does not repeat itself, said Netanyahu, according to his office on Friday in the pilgrimage site of Meron. He met there with police representatives, among other things, to find out about the accident.
Netanyahu spoke of one of the greatest catastrophes in the state of Israel. He expressed his condolences to those who mourned and wished the injured a full recovery. The 71-year-old called for no rumors to be spread on social media. He announced a national day of mourning for Sunday.
According to official information, at least 44 people were killed in the mass panic. According to the rescue workers, around 150 more were injured, many of them seriously. According to initial findings, the panic began when people began to slide on a sloping ramp with a metal floor and corrugated iron partitions on both sides. The crowded celebrants then fell on top of each other.
Meanwhile, the office of President Reuven Rivlin called on people to turn to the President’s Office in the search for missing people. “In cooperation with the relevant authorities, we will make every effort to find them.”