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After Meron crush, local authorities block mass event at nearby religious site

A local council in northern Israel is shutting down a religious pilgrimage site from Thursday through Saturday night due to its dangerous infrastructure, following last month’s deadly crush at Mount Meron.

The graveside of Rabbi Yonatan ben Uziel in Amuka usually draws large crowds on the anniversary of his death, which this year falls out on Sunday.

Local authorities took the preemptive step after 45 people were killed during the Lag B’Omer festival in nearby Meron. According to Channel 12, police and fire service representatives warned the Amuka site does not meet safety standards.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews at the tombsite of Rabbi Yonatan ben Uziel, in the northern Israeli city of Amuka, June 10, 2018. (David Cohen/Flash90)
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