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Over 100,000 pile into parks for Passover recreation

Some 100,000 staycationers are packing Israel’s national parks and nature reserves, according to an official estimate, as the country takes advantage of sunny skies and sinking COVID-19 rates for the Passover holiday.

People are flocking to beaches, parks, forests, antiquities sites, museums and other spots now open to the public.

Israelis visit Emek HaTkhelet Park in the north on March 29, 2021. (David Cohen/Flash90)

The holiday is normally marked by mobs of families and others enjoying the outdoors, but this year the crowding is expected to be heavier due to the inability to go abroad.

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