Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu says the country's suffered a 'heavy disaster' after 44 people were killed in a stampede at a religious festival.
It was one of the biggest events since the country lifted coronavirus restrictions.
Dozens more are critically ill in hospital after tens of thousands of people went to Mount Meron for the Jewish festival.
Footage on social media shows men clambering through gaps in sheets of torn corrugated iron - trying to escape.
Photographs show rows of wrapped bodies lying on the ground and dozens of ambulances.
Mobile intensive care units and helicopters were used to transport the most seriously injured to hospital.