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TV: At time of stampede, 90,000 were at Meron, far fewer than previous years

Around 90,000 people were at Mount Meron at the time of the deadly Lag B’Omer stampede, far fewer than previous years, Channel 12 reports.

The TV network underlines that it was the bottleneck where the disaster unfolded, rather than the number of total worshipers at the pilgrimage site, that drove the tragedy.

The Lag B’Omer festivities at Meron — the burial site of Jewish sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai — generally draw hundreds of thousands.

Crowd in the moments before the Mt Meron tragedy, April 30, 2021 (Screen grab)
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