Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a funeral ceremony in Jerusalem for a victim of an overnight stampede during a religious gathering in northern Israel, on April 30, 2021. – A massive stampede at a densely packed Jewish pilgrimage site killed at least 44 people in Israel, blackening the country’s largest COVID-era gathering. (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 12:17 PM PT – Friday, April 30, 2021
The State Department has said multiple U.S. citizens were killed in a stampede at a religious festival in Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised an investigation into the incident, which left at least 45 dead and 100 injured. Despite warnings to maintain social distancing, large crowds gathered at the Jewish festival during the celebration Lag BaOmer at Mount Meron.
According to reports, the stampede took palace in the men’s section of the festival.
“We will carry out a thorough, serious and in-depth investigation in order to ensure that such a disaster does not reoccur,” Netanyahu said.