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Israel shuts festival early after angry pilgrims storm safety barriers Updated: 2022-05-20 05:27:47 KST

Meanwhile in Israel, authorities put an early end to a religious bonfire festival on Thursday.
The move was made after dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews attempted to cross police lines and barricades, put in place to stop a repeat of a deadly crush in 2021, which killed 45 people.
Since Israel's worst civilian disaster, authorities have limited the number of people allowed to enter the holy Meron tomb at once, and mandated that they need to arrive by authorized buses.
Footage on social media shows pilgrims knocking down safety barricades and confronting police, whilst others threw water bottles.
Organizers have said that bus services were shut down in the afternoon, hours before the festival's end.
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