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New video shows blockades at Meron passageway half an hour before disaster

Screen capture from video of the disaster during Lag B'Omer celebratons at Mount Meron, on April 30, 2021. (Channel 12)
Screen capture from video of the disaster during Lag B'Omer celebratons at Mount Meron, on April 30, 2021. (Channel 12)

New video of the tragic crush at Mount Meron earlier this year shows blockades limiting traffic being placed at the site about half an hour before the incident that killed 45 people unfolded.

The video, which was revealed today during testimony at the state commission of inquiry into the event, the worst civilian disaster in Israel’s history, shows people passing through the partly blocked passageway that was later the site of the tragedy.

The blockades can not be seen in the video that is available of the tragedy itself, and it is unclear if and when they were removed and if they contributed to the disaster. It is also not immediately clear who authorized the blockades to be placed there.

Authorities working at the site on April 30, Lag Ba’omer, have claimed in testimony that there were no such blockades in place.

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