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MERON, ISRAEL - APRIL 30: Orthodox Jews clash with a police officer after dozens were killed in crush at a religious festival in Mount Meron on April 30, 2021 in Meron, Israel. At least 44 people were crushed to death and over 150 more injured in a stampede, as tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered to celebrate the Lag B'omer event, late Thursday. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Israeli medical officials say at least 45 people have been killed in a stampede at an overcrowded Jewish religious festival in northern Israel. Tens of thousands of people, mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews, had attended the celebrations. Witnesses say the stampede began when large numbers of people trying to exit the site passed through a narrow tunnel-like passage. People began falling on top of each other near the end of the walkway, as they descended slippery metal stairs. About 150 people were injured in what was described as one of the country’s deadliest civilian disasters.