At least two worshipers were killed and more than 100 injured on Sunday when a grandstand collapsed in a currently under construction synagogue in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israel’s National Ambulance Service said.
The accident in the northern city of Jerusalem Givat Zeev raised additional questions about safety measures in a large orthodox event, two weeks after 45 pilgrims were crushed to death by panic at the facility. Burial of Jewish philosopher in northern Israel.
A police spokesman said 650 worshipers were present at the Givat worship facility to begin the Jewish holiday in Shavuot.
The event is held in a partially built synagogue. The local mayor and senior fire and police said it had taken action despite lacking a permit and an official warning that the building zone was unsafe.
Ambulance service spokesman Magen David Adom said at least two people had been killed. Ambulances and military helicopters take the injured to the hospital.
Security footage broadcasted on Channel 12 shows a crowded grandstand collapsed and worshipers collapsed.
“We have been called again in other reckless and irresponsible incidents. There will be arrests,” Jerusalem District Police Chief Doron Turgeman said on live TV.
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