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Outside PM’s residence, anti-Netanyahu protesters call for state inquiry into Meron stampede

Dozens of people gather outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Jerusalem residence, calling to establish a national commission of inquiry into the Mount Meron stampede that left 45 dead.

Police close several roads as demonstrators fill the streets near the premier’s residence.

The protest is held two days after the deadly crush during Lag B’Omer festivities at the gravesite of the second-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in northern Israel. Protesters light candles in memory of those who died during the stampede.

Demonstrators have been holding regular protests for months against Netanyahu, demanding he resign over his trial on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

Anti-Netanyahu protesters light candles for the 45 victims who were killed in the stampede at Mount Meron during Lag B’Omer celebrations, at the weekly protest outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, May 1, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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