Israel is to hold a national day of mourning after at least 45 people were killed following a stampede at a religious festival. More than 100 others were hurt during the Lag B'Omer event at Mount Meron in northern Israel, where annual commemorations include all-night prayers and dancing. Four people remained in a critical condition on Friday afternoon, the country's health ministry said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the victims would be remembered across the country on Sunday. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Dozens of ambulances at stampede Chaotic scenes were captured on social media, showing men clambering through gaps in corrugated iron as they tried to escape the crush in the early hours of the morning. "Masses of people were pushed into the same corner and a vortex was created," witness Dvir told Army Radio. "I felt like I was about to die." Casualties included children, some of whom became separated from … [Read more...] about Israel stampede: National day of mourning after at least 45 killed at religious bonfire festival
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Dozens of people died in the northern Israeli town of Meron on Thursday night after a stampede at a large public gathering to celebrate the Lag BaOmer Jewish festival. Rescue services say at least 45 people were killed and some 150 hospitalized in the incident. Scenes from Meron hours after the accident showed an ultra-Orthodox Jewish crowd in distress, with debris scattered across the ground. Watch video 01:46 Share Israel: Dozens dead in stampede Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3smVR Israel: Dozens dead in stampede at religious celebration Some survivors had lit candles for the victims while others prayed at a nearby wall. Emergency services and ambulances "are treating dozens of injured," including "20 patients in a critical state," Zaki Heller, spokesperson for Magen David Adom, the Israeli emergency service, … [Read more...] about Israel: Dozens dead in stampede at Lag BaOmer religious gathering
In an interview conducted in the context of an oral history project and leaked to international media, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reveals deep rifts in Iran's leadership. Hesamoddin Ashena, an aide to President Hassan Rouhani, who oversaw the oral history project, to document the administration's work, was fired on Thursday. In the recording, which was published by two Persian-language media outlets based in London, Zarif is heard criticizing Iran's political system and taking aim at the Revolutionary Guard, which he accuses of constantly interfering in the Foreign Ministry's affairs. Zarif says the state security organization is undermining his work. He also lashes out against General Qassem Soleimani, who commanded the Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force until his assassination by US airstrike near Baghdad's airport in January 2020. Zarif had a harsh assessment of the publicly revered General Soleimani (left) 'Certain things happening' In the … [Read more...] about Tape of Foreign Minister Zarif reveals regime rift in Iran
The first funerals have been taking place for victims of a stampede disaster at a crowded religious festival in northern Israel. At least 45 people were crushed to death during the Lag B'Omer event on the slopes of Mount Meron, where annual commemorations include all-night prayers, singing and dancing. Devastated families have been identifying their loved ones and burying them ahead of the Jewish Sabbath that began on Friday evening. Among those killed were children. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player How the deadly Israel stampede unfolded Israeli media has published a partial list of the victims, including a nine-year-old boy whose 14-year-old brother also died. Advertisement Two other brothers aged 12 and 18 also reportedly lost their lives. An unknown number of US citizens, two Canadians and an Argentinian were also among the dead. More than 100 people were injured in the tragedy. More from … [Read more...] about Israel stampede: Funerals begin for victims as children including boy, 9, listed among dead
The Indian government is fighting a battle in two fronts. While authorities desperately seek to contain the situation in overwhelmed hospitals, the government is coming under attack on social media over how it is handling the crisis. Over the weekend, President Narendra Modi’s government asked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to take down the posts, many of which were critical of the government’s role in managing COVID-19 in the country. Government officials say this action was taken to curb misleading content or messaging that could cause panic, but critics say the move is a thinly veiled attempt at censoring criticism of the government. Twitter and Facebook complied with the request made last week but a subsequent removal of posts on Wednesday by Facebook was later clarified to have been an error. But what was said in those social media posts that caused the Indian government to make the request? We analysed the tweets that were removed. Here's what we found. Of the … [Read more...] about India’s COVID crisis: The government ordered some posts to be removed from social media – what did they say?