The number of deaths went up from 40 to 44 after further investigation of the stampede, with more than 100 people hurt, including many in critical condition at Mount Meron. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to the incident, calling it a “terrible disaster.”
As per recent developments, the Ziv hospital said six of the wounded had died and the Health Ministry confirmed that the total death toll was 44. As of now, the wounded are being evacuated to the Ziv hospital in Safed, the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Rambam hospital in Haifa, Poriya hospital in Tiberias, and Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem.
For people to search for family and friends who may have been injured they can reach out to the following numbers at; Galilee: 04-9850505, Ziv: 04-6828838 and Poriya: 04-6652211. Police could also be contacted at 110.
Though the actual cause of the stampede isn’t certain, the Magen David Adom rescue service said the tragedy was caused by a crush and overcrowding, while a police officer speaking to local media suggested that dozens of participants in a concert had “slipped,” falling on those below them while walking along a slippery walkway and causing a crushing domino effect. Meanwhile, the IDF, which sent its elite 669 rescue team to the site, said a roof had collapsed.
Over 100 people trapped underneath a bridge in Miron with as many as 25 and 4 kids have died.