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At least 44 killed in stampede at large Israeli religious festival

At least 44 people have been killed and 150 hospitalized in a stampede at a large Jewish festival in northern Israel, AP reports.

The big picture: Tens of thousands of people gathered at Mount Meron to observe Lag BaOmer, an Orthodox Jewish holiday honoring Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a 2nd century sage buried there, per AP. It's the deadliest civilian disaster in Israel's history, tied with a 2010 forest fire that killed 44.

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