Authorities begin releasing names of Meron victims

The first names are released by authorities of those who died in the Mount Meron disaster.

The dead include old and young, parents and children. Over 12 hours after the tragedy, many families are still reporting being unable to reach missing loved ones.

Shragi Gestetner, a Montreal native and well-known Haredi singer, is among the dead.

Rabbi Menahem Zakbach of Modi’in Illit.

Simha Bonim Ziskind, 23, from Beit Shemesh. His funeral will take place today in Haifa.

Rabbi Shimon Matalon of Beitar Illit.

As news of the deaths is filtering to families of those identified, some of the notices being posted on Hebrew-language social media accounts are especially heartbreaking.

“The grandchild of a neighbor, about 12 years old, has died. The heart struggles to believe,” one Israeli writes on Twitter.

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