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Police chief vows ‘full cooperation’ with any inquiry, in 1st response to Meron disaster

Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai issues his first official response to the disaster during the Lag B’Omer festivities at Mount Meron, in which 45 people were crushed to death in a stampede.

Expressing his “deep sorrow” to the families of the dead and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured, Shabtai says in a statement: “I will not be silent until the circumstances that led to this disaster are made clear. The Israel Police under my command will fully cooperate with any inquiry, with full transparency.”

He adds: “I wish to express my full appreciation to the commanders and all the forces that worked tirelessly during the incident and did everything they could to save lives.”

Northern District Commander Shimon Lavi (R) and Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai (R) at Mount Meron ahead of the tragedy, April 29, 2021 (Israel Police)
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