92 injured in Lag B’Omer revelries on Mount Meron
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92 injured in Lag B’Omer revelries on Mount Meron

Police estimate 60,000 people participated in celebration of minor holiday, marked with bonfires, at Galilee tomb

Residents near a big bonfire during celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Lag B'Omer in Jerusalem on May 6, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Residents near a big bonfire during celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Lag B'Omer in Jerusalem on May 6, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Dozens of revelers were injured and required medical treatment Wednesday night at Lag B’Omer celebrations on Mount Meron in northern Israel.

Police estimated that roughly 60,000 people attended the celebrations at the tomb near the Galilee city of Safed, Israel Radio reported.

Magen David Adom paramedics provided treatment to 92 people who suffered minor injuries over the course of the all-night celebration in the Galilee marking the death of a second century rabbi. Twelve of the injured were hospitalized at the Ziv medical center in nearby Safed.

The injured suffered from fainting, dehydration, bruises, over-intoxication and chronic illnesses, Ynet reported.

Lag B’Omer, which is observed on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar and the 33rd day of the Omer — the seven-week period between the festivals of Passover and Shavuot — is the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a prominent sage and mystic who lived in ancient Israel in the second century CE.

Thousands of people visit the site of his tomb in Meron on that date, and bonfires are lit throughout Israel. In certain Jewish communities, it is customary to give 3-year-old boys their first haircut on Lag B’Omer.

In order to prevent ill treatment of animals at bonfires, dozens of volunteer veterinarians patrolled the country’s celebrations. The vets worked to prevent animal abuse, after several incidents of puppies and kittens being thrown into bonfires were reported in previous years.

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