CHILDREN are among the 44 killed and 150 injured in a horror crush after 100,000 Orthodox Jews packed into a festival in Israel on Friday.
Thousands packed onto Mount Meron for the largest gathering held in the country since the Covid outbreak began.
The chaos reportedly ensued when attendees slipped on a narrow metal walkway as thousands tried to leave - causing the deadly crush as bodies piled into each other.
A survivor named David told Ynet: "Our bodies were swept along by themselves. People were thrown up in the air, others were crushed on the ground.
“There was a kid there who kept pinching my leg, fighting for his life. We waited to be rescued for 15 to 20 minutes in this crazy, terrible crush. it was awful.”
Meir, who was injured in the crush, told Ynet from his hospital bed. “It felt like an eternity, the dead were all around us."
The disaster unfolded at the overcrowded Jewish festival of Lag B'Omer in Meron just after midnight.
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