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Death toll rises above 40; ‘process of identification’ starting

The death toll is above 40, with more than 100 injured, emergency services say.

Those of the injured who need hospitalization have all been evacuated from the scene, Shabtai Garbatchik, the police spokesman for the ultra-Orthodox community says.

He says “the process of identification” has now begun.

Crowds in the moments around the Mt Meron tragedy, April 30, 2021 (Channel 12 screenshot)

The authorities are focused on helping the crowds leave the site and make their way home. There were some 50,000 at the pilgrimage site, Channel 12 reports; “now there are still thousands.”

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