The incident occurred at the hadlaka of the Toldos Aharon Rebbe. A mass casualty incident was declared as rescue workers attempted to reach more victims buried under the rubble.
Contrary to early reports, there was no collapse of bleachers or ramps that caused this incident. Instead, massive numbers of people crammed into a small area led to some falling over and, as the crowd surged forward, were rchm”l trampled.
According to the latest reports, 38 were tragically killed in the incident and at least 15o injured people have been transported to 2 hospitals in the area, with many described as being in critical condition.
All buses heading towards Meron have been ordered to turn around and helicopters have been brought in to assist in the transport of victims from the site. No new visitors are being allowed into the area.
CEO of United Hatzalah Eli Pollack who was called in to manage the on-site dispatch said: “This was a very tragic incident, and resulted in the loss of life. Dozens of United Hatzalah volunteers participated in performing CPR and providing medical treatment to dozens of people in varying states of injury. Some of the injured were transported to Ziv hospital in Tzefat and to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya by United Hatzalah ambulance teams.”
Footage from the scene is graphic and will not be shown on TLS.