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Music Festival Riot Inquiry Leads Police Official to Resign

The Negev district police commander resigned from this post after an internal police investigation found him responsible for the tragedy at a music festival last month which three youths were crushed to death.

Yossi Avni tendered his resignation at a meting last week with Police Commissioner Assaf Hefetz at the national police headquarters in Jerusalem.

Avni said after the meeting that even though he disagreed with the inquiry’s findings that he was personally responsible for the police’s mishandling of the event, it was his judgment that he should leave the post.

Three teen-agers, including one American, died and hundreds were injured during a riot at a rock festival in the Negev town of Arad on July 18.