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Hundreds of Orthodox Jews attended a funeral in Jerusalem for one of the victims of the Meron tragedy, where 45 people were crushed to death and 150 more were injured, at celebrations for the Jewish holiday of Lag B'Omer, in Meron,. People outside the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Tel Aviv, where victims were brought for identification, April 30, 2021.

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement Friday thanking the many officials and individuals around the world who sent their condolences and commiserations following the severe disaster that took place at the Lag B’Omer festivities on Mount Meron.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani sent a message of condolence to Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi, and German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas sent a personal missive to his Israeli counterpart.

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The presidents of Russia, Serbia and Cyprus, the prime ministers of the United Kingdom, Romania and Lithuania, the deputy prime minister of Ukraine, the ministers of foreign affairs and foreign ministries of India, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy, the European Union as well as ambassadors and other senior officials sent messages of solidarity and commiseration to the State of Israel over the day.

In addition, the Foreign Ministry’s social media accounts have received thousands of messages of condolence from around the world, including from many Arab countries.

“My heart aches over the severe disaster that took place tonight in Meron,” Foreign Minister Ashkenazi tweeted Friday.

“I stand in support of the rescue forces that have been working throughout the night and are still working at the site, saving lives.

“Our hearts go out to the families. Blessed be the memory of those who perished. Swift recovery to the injured.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.