Fatal stampede at rabbi funeral

2015-04-08 16:58
Ultra Orthodox Jews ferry the body of a prominent Hasidic Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Wosner during his funeral in Bnei Brak, Israel. (Moti Milrod, AP)

Ultra Orthodox Jews ferry the body of a prominent Hasidic Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Wosner during his funeral in Bnei Brak, Israel. (Moti Milrod, AP)

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Jerusalem - An Israeli hospital spokesperson says a young man has died of injuries he suffered during a deadly stampede that broke out at a funeral procession last weekend for a revered rabbi.

It was the second fatality in Saturday's stampede - another man was crushed to death at the time.

Vered Kvitel of Beilinson Hospital says the 18-year-old died on Wednesday. Several others injured in the incident are still hospitalised.

Over 100 000 people poured into the streets of the predominantly Ultra-Orthodox Jewish city of Bnei Brak in central Israel for the funeral of a 101-year-old Jewish scholar, Shmuel Wosner.

While such mass funerals for important rabbis take place regularly in Israel, deaths or serious injuries from the large crowds are extremely rare.

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