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As Israel marked a national day of mourning on Sunday to commemorate the Mount Meron stampede tragedy, which occurred on the eve of Lag B’Omer, many more of the victims were buried in a number of locations across the country.
The catastrophe, which occurred early Friday at Mount Meron and claimed the lives of 45 people, is the country’s deadliest-ever civilian disaster.
Rabbi Yitzchak Batzri on Saturday night attended the funerals of his nephews Moshe Mordechai Elhadad, 12, and Yosef David Elhadad, 18, who were buried around Meron. Batzri also lost his cousin Yisrael Anakvah, 24, but could not attend his funeral as he was buried in Beit Shemesh. Anakvah is survived by his wife and two children.
“We lost three members of our family in one evening. A very difficult hardship,” Batzri, who also attended the Lag B’Omer celebration, told Israel’s Channel 12. “I will not allow my children to come next year,” he concluded. “I think I will not come either if nothing changes.”
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Thousands of mourners, yeshiva students and his family who arrived from the US gathered on Sunday evening in Kibbutz Shaalvim to pay last tribute to 19-year old Daniel (Donny) Morris.