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Thousands crash barriers to reach Kanievsky home, Netanyahu briefly trapped at site

People gather outside the home of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky who passed away, in the city of Bnei Brak, on March 19, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/ Flash90)
People gather outside the home of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky who passed away, in the city of Bnei Brak, on March 19, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/ Flash90)

Thousands of people have breached barriers set up around the home of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky in Bnei Brak ahead of his funeral.

The Walla news site reports that opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who was visiting the home to pay his respects ahead of the funeral, was trapped at the site by the crowd and only managed to leave after two hours.

The Bnei Brak municipality urges people to leave, saying the home is now closed to visitors.

People at the scene tell Channel 12 that there is dangerous overcrowding and some express fears there could be a repeat of the Merom disaster where dozens of people were crushed to death at a religious ceremony last year.

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