Israeli watchdog to investigate deadly festival stampede at a religious festival that left 45 ultra-Orthodox Jews dead

Israel’s governmental watchdog agency said Monday it would launch an investigation into the deadly stampede at a religious festival over the weekend that left 45 ultra-Orthodox Jews dead.

“This is an event that could have been prevented,” State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman told a press conference in Jerusalem. “I intend to open a special review that will investigate the circumstances that led to this disaster.”

Englman said his report would focus on the actions of decision makers, police and rescuers in the field.

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Source: Associated Press

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