Jerusalem: Dozens of people were killed and several others were injured in a stampede at a Jewish religious gathering in northern Israel on Friday. As per the reports of Reuters, the incident took place when tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered at the Mount Meron tomb of the 2nd-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for annual Lag B’Omer commemorations that include all-night prayer and dance.Also Read - Who Is Shireen Abu Akleh- The Al Jazeera Reporter Killed During Israeli Raid In West Bank

“We thought maybe there was a (bomb) alert over a suspicious package. No one imagined that this could happen here. Rejoicing became mourning, a great light became a deep darkness,” a pilgrim who gave his name as Yitzhak told Channel 12 TV. Also Read - Al Jazeera Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh Shot in Head in West Bank, Dies

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Terming the incident as a ‘heavy disaster’, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We are all praying for the wellbeing of the casualties.”

Police said they have arrested two people for disrupting officers’ efforts to keep order at the site.