"On Sunday, we will hold a national day of mourning in connection with the disaster on Mount Meron, which has become one of the most severe disasters that befell the State of Israel," the prime minister wrote.
At least 44 people died in the scrum at Mount Meron in Israel, as worshippers gathered to celebrate Lag BaOmer, the Jewish holiday traditionally marked at this time of year.
According to The Jerusalem Post, at least 103 people were wounded in the crowding. Magen David Adom, the ambulance service claims that six wounded are in critical condition, 18 - in grave condition, two suffered medium gravity injuries. Another 39 people sustained light injuries, writes Haaretz.
Police sources claim that the panic in the crowd emerged when some people slipped on the stairs and fell down, which resulted in dozens more falling. The mobile reception set in that area collapsed as well.
Dozens of ambulance cars and six helicopters reached the site to evacuate the wounded. The police and the military were involved in the rescue works, too. A field hospital was set nearby.