At least two dead as building collapses in Tel Aviv

Posted September 18, 2016

An underground parking structure collapsed Monday, injuring multiple people at a construction site in Tel Aviv's Ramat Hachayal neighborhood.

A rescue operation is under way in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv after a vehicle park under construction collapsed, with fears of people trapped inside.

Fifteen people have been treated for injuries in the wake of the incident, which Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said occurred when a crane collapsed on an underground vehicle park.

The cause of the collapse was not yet clear. The site was swarming with search-and-rescue personnel.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said at least 30 people hurt.

Tel Aviv Two people were killed and at least four were still buried alive last night after a vehicle park collapsed.

United Hatzalah medical service said "firefighters and rescue teams are working to extricate" those believed missing.

The Israeli military also sent troops to the site of the incident to carry out search and rescue operations.

Twenty-eight laborers were killed in the first half of the year, 16 of whom were construction workers.

Other officials said those trapped in the parking were only construction workers.

Only one of the workers suffered serious injury.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the site late Monday night, eschewing the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match between Israel and Italy being held in Jerusalem. The four-storey building in Tel Aviv, which was under construction, caved in yesterday morning, burying three levels under rubble.

As rescue teams tried to find trapped construction workers, authorities feared another collapse of the incomplete, unstable structure.

Commenting on the Monday collapse on Israeli state television, lawmaker Eyal Ben-Reuven said that "such catastrophes wouldn't happen if people followed safety regulations".