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Evacuating the wounded Photo: Motti Kimchi
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Tel Aviv building collapse leaves 1 dead, 5 injured

Ceiling collapses in three-story building in Herzl Street where construction work was being held. One man dies, five construction workers pulled out of rubble, rushed to hospital

Eli Senyor
Published: 09.11.13, 11:05 / Israel News

One man was killed and five people were injured Wednesday when a ceiling in a three-story building in south Tel Aviv's Herzl Street collapsed.


The victim was identified as 55-year-old Umm al-Fahm resident Mahjina Asad, who worked as a contractor at the site.


The incident occurred as infrastructure work was being held at the site. Five construction workers working at the site were caught under the rubble and pulled out by rescue forces.


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Of the wounded, one is in moderate condition, while the rest sustained light wounds. They were rushed to the Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon and the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv.


Photo: Motti Kimchi
Photo: Motti Kimchi


An initial examination suggests that renovation work done on the site led to the collapse of the top floor over the workers. This in turn led to the collapse of the ceilings in the bottom floors but the building's outer exterior remained intact.


"The roof and top floor collapsed as did the back side of the building which does not face the street," an eye witness told Ynet. "They've been doing some work on the foundations over the past few days; they were digging under the building. There was a loud noise, a cloud of dust and the structure collapsed over the workers."


Some six months ago, an empty building partially collapsed in Tel Aviv's Kalisher street. There were no injuries.


Chen Lahmani contributed to this report



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