At least two dead as building collapses in Tel Aviv


Two people have been killed and 20 injured after a car park under construction in Tel Aviv collapsed.

Four more people were feared trapped inside the underground structure in the Ramat Hahayal neigbourhood, on the corner of Habarzel Street and Nehoshet Street.

"There are people buried beneath the sand," Yoram Levy, a spokesman for the firefighters, told Haaretz.

In a visit to Ichilov Hospital, where some of the injured are being treated, MK Ayman Odeh (Joint List), said that those hurt came “from all parts of society,” including Jews and Arabs.

Mr Odeh highlighted the plight of construction workers, many of them Palestinian, who often work in dangerous conditions.

According to the Times of Israel, Mr Odeh said: “Thirty-two people have died since the beginning of the year… This requires, immediately, a state investigative committee.”

Moshe Levy, a volunteer with United Hatzalah, reported from the scene: "When I arrived I found numerous hurt individuals who were conscious and who extricated themselves from the area of the collapse under their own power. It appeared to me that the roof of a parking garage had collapsed in the building site.

"While members of our unit who arrived first on scene were treating the injured, reports came in of other people who were unaccounted for and likely still trapped inside. Firefighters and rescue teams are working to extricate them. At this time the wounded we are treating are suffering from minor injuries and are all fully conscious."

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