Dozens of people were killed in a stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage site in Israel

Rescue services said dozens of people were killed Friday in a stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage site in the north of Israel.

The Israeli emergency service, Magan David Edom, posted the updated toll on Twitter, saying the MDA is fighting for the lives of dozens of injured, and will not give up until the last victim is taken out.

A stampede ensued as thousands of mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews were taking part in an annual pilgrimage to the feast of Lago Baomer, in Mabon, around the iconic mausoleum of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century Talmudic sage Was.

Emergency services deployed six helicopters to evacuate the injured.

Israeli media published a picture of dead bodies covered in plastic bags on the ground.

Authorities had authorized 10,000 people to gather at the site of the tomb, but organizers said more than 650 buses had been chartered from across the country, bringing 30,000 pilgrims to Meroon.

Approximately 5,000 police were deployed to secure the incident, the largest public gathering in the country during the coronovirus epidemic.

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