A New Jersey teenager has been identified as considered one of six Americans — and 4 New York metro space residents — killed in the lethal stampede at a spiritual pageant in Israel final week.
Donny Morris, 19, was in Israel learning when he was caught in a crush of individuals throughout the annual Lag Ba’omer pageant on the foot of Mount Meron late Thursday and is among 45 individuals recognized to have been killed in the tragedy, NBC Information reported Sunday.
Three different space residents — Menachem Knoblowitz of Borough Park, Yosef Amram of Monsey, and Eliezer Josef of Kiryas Joel — have been identified as victims of the horrific “human avalanche,” in response to experiences.
“There are 4 households which can be in the New York space that we’re in contact with, and the consulate in New York helps them,” Lior Haiat, a spokesman for Israel’s Ministry of International Affairs advised the outlet.
“There are two different households from Canada and one from Argentina and we’re additionally in contact with their households,” Haiat stated.
Authorities stated they’re nonetheless working to find out if different Americans have been killed.
Along with the useless, greater than 100 individuals have been injured Friday throughout the pageant, which pulls tens of hundreds of individuals, primarily ultra-Orthodox Jews, to the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a revered historical Jewish mystic.
Israel’s well being ministry stated 32 of the useless had been identified by late Friday however stated the Jewish Sabbath halted the method till early Sunday, NBC stated.
Commander Shimon Lavi, the police official in cost of safety preparations for this 12 months’s pageant, stated Friday that he took “general accountability” for the tragedy.
In accordance with experiences, police briefly blocked a stairway on the backside of a passageway the place festival-goers sought to flee.
The stampede occurred after a grandstand on the foot of Mount Meron collapsed, prompting a whole bunch to attempt to flee to security — solely for a lot of to get trampled.
On Saturday, dozens of Israelis, many livid over the tragedy, held a “silent fury” vigil exterior the house of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.