Israeli officials under scrutiny over warnings ahead of festival stampede deaths

People light candles in memory of the 45 ultra-Orthodox Jews killed in a stampede at a religious festival on Friday, during a candle-light vigil in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, May 1, 2021. The stampede early Friday had cut short the annual festival of Lag BaOmer on Israel’s Mount Meron. The festival had drawn some 100,000 people in the largest gathering. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
People light candles in memory of the 45 ultra-Orthodox Jews killed in a stampede at a religious festival on Friday, during a candle-light vigil in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, May 1, 2021. The stampede early Friday had cut short the annual festival of Lag BaOmer on Israel’s Mount Meron. The festival had drawn some 100,000 people in the largest gathering. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)