The collapse of a synagogue in an Israeli settlement kills two people
More than 150 people were injured after the collapse of an unfinished synagogue in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli military doctors said that on the eve of a major Jewish holiday, at least two people were killed and more than 150 injured after bleach collapsed in an unfinished synagogue in the occupied West Bank.
The bleachers were crowded with ultra-Orthodox Christians and collapsed when Shavuot began to pray. A spokesperson for Magen David Adom told Channel 13 that medical staff had treated more than 157 injuries and announced two deaths, a man in his 50s and a 12-year-old boy.
Rescuers were at the scene, treating the injured and sending them to the hospital.The crash occurred weeks after the death of 45 extreme Orthodox Jews Killed in a stampede On a religious holiday in northern Israel.
The Israeli military said in a statement that it has sent medical personnel and other search and rescue forces to assist at the scene. Army helicopters are airlifting injured people.
Amateur video shows that the church collapsed during prayers at Givat Zeev, an illegal West Bank settlement north of Jerusalem on Sunday night.
The ultra-Orthodox synagogue was packed with hundreds of people.
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Shavuot is a spring harvest festival and also marks the day in the Jewish calendar during which the Pentateuch was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Traditionally, this is the mark of learning Torah and eating dairy products overnight.
The Israeli authorities named the culprit.
The mayor of Givat Zeev said that the building was unfinished and dangerous, and the police ignored the previous request for action. Doron Turgeman, the chief of the Jerusalem police, said the disaster was a case of “inattentiveness” and it was likely to be arrested.
Deddi Simhi, the head of Israel’s fire and rescue services, told Israel’s Channel 12, “This building has not yet been completed. It doesn’t even have permission to move in, let alone hold events in it.”
On-site TV video shows that the five-story building is incomplete, with the concrete, steel, and wood exposed, and the plastic sheeting is the window. A Hebrew slogan was posted on the wall of the building and warned: “For safety reasons, it is forbidden to enter the premises.”
Secretary of Defense Benny Gantz wrote on Twitter: “My heart is with the victims of the Givat Zeev disaster.”
On April 29, a stampede on a religious holiday in northern Israel killed 45 ultra-orthodox Jews. This was the deadliest civilian disaster in the country’s history.
Before the stampede on Moron Meron, people had warned that the holy site was not safe for Lag Baomer holidays to attract thousands of tourists each year.
According to reports, powerful ultra-orthodox politicians put pressure on the caretaker prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others to remove attendance restrictions. About 100,000 people participated in this year’s celebrations, most of them ultra Orthodox Jews.
Experts have long warned that the Mount Meron complex is not adequately equipped to cope with the large crowds that swarm there during the spring holidays, and that the existing infrastructure is a safety hazard.
The disaster triggered new criticisms of the broad autonomy of the country’s politically powerful ultra-orthodox minorities.
Last year, many ultra-Orthodox communities ignored the safety restrictions of the coronavirus, leading to high outbreak rates in their communities and angering the wider secular public.