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Israel pilgrimage crush inquiry into 45 deaths at Mount Meron urges future cap on visitor numbers

An Israeli state inquiry into a crush that killed 45 people at a Jewish pilgrimage site in April has recommended that future admissions be capped and ceremonies streamlined to prevent overcrowding.The panel, headed by a former Supreme Court chief justice, submitted interim findings on Monday designed to help authorities better plan for the next festival at Mount Meron, the Galilee tomb of second-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, in May.Before the pandemic, the annual commemorations could…


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