Lag Ba’omer: Dozens injured after bleachers collapse on Mt. Meron – The Jerusalem Post

Dozens of people were injured after bleachers collapsed at Meron as tens of thousands of people celebrated the festival of Lag Ba’omer at the site in northern Israel on Thursday night. About 15 people were in critical condition and helicopters were called to the scene to evacuate the injured, according to initial reports by Magen David Adom.
Shortly after the incident, Israel Police closed traffic into the area.
The annual celebration at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was closed last year due to coronavirus restrictions. This year, police are expecting hundreds of thousands of people to visit the site by Friday night. 
Thousands of Israel Police and Border Police officers are deployed in the area to maintain order and ensure the safety of visitors to the site.
MDA forces, including hundreds of paramedics, doctors and first aiders with ambulances, are on standby. An 80-year-old man collapsed at the beginning of the celebrations. Some 52 people were required to undergo medical treatment on Thursday evening, Kan News reported.
Bonfires are lit at Meron and throughout Israel as the anniversary of Bar Yochai’s death is celebrated as a festival. In accordance with Health Ministry regulations and in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the number of people allowed in the actual complex to attend the bonfire lighting is limited to 10,000 people. 

However, the entire mountain where the grave is situated is open to the general public, like any tourist site, and huge screens will be placed throughout to allow the audience to watch the lighting from a comfortable and safe distance.
Children sit around a bonfire in Arnona, Jerusalem (Marc Israel Sellem)Children sit around a bonfire in Arnona, Jerusalem (Marc Israel Sellem) Children begin celebrating Lag Ba'omer, Tel Aviv, April 29, 2021 (Avshalom Sassoni/Maariv)Children begin celebrating Lag Ba’omer, Tel Aviv, April 29, 2021 (Avshalom Sassoni/Maariv)

Lag Ba'omer celebrations begin, Tel Baruch, Tel Aviv, April 29, 2021 (Avshalom Sassoni/Maariv)Lag Ba’omer celebrations begin, Tel Baruch, Tel Aviv, April 29, 2021 (Avshalom Sassoni/Maariv)
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Lag Ba’omer: Dozens injured after bleachers collapse on Mt. Meron – The Jerusalem Post

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