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At least 1,000 Hasidim said stuck on Ukraine-Belarus border in pilgrimage chaos

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15.09.2020

At least 1,000 Israelis Bratslav Hasidim are reportedly trapped between the borders of Belarus and Ukraine, in the latest setback to an annual pilgrimage to a venerated rabbi’s grave in Uman that has descend into chaos, as thousands of pilgrims try to beat coronavirus restrictions holding them back.

According to the National Secretariat of Bratslav Hasidim, there are around 2,500 pilgrims at the border crossing, with Hebrew media reports saying that while nearly half had left Belarus territory, they were being prevented from entering Ukraine by a strong deployment of armed Ukrainian border guards.

The secretariat said there is a shortage of food and water at the site and demanded that the Foreign Ministry immediately intervene, blaming the government for the situation.

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The Red Cross arrived to distribute food, hot drinks and blankets for the pilgrims, among whom there are entire........

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