Two Die, 150 Injured As Jerusalem Synagogue Grandstand Seating Collapses

 

At least two worshippers were killed and more than 150 injured after the collapse of a grandstand seating at a synagogue in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev in the occupied West Bank.

 

The incident occurred outside Jerusalem “as hundreds were congregated” for the Jewish Shavuot feast, a Magen David Adom emergency services spokesperson told Israeli channel Kan.

 

CNN reports that at least two people have been confirmed dead in what was described as a “mass casualty event”, the head of police for Jerusalem district told Israeli television reporters.

 

Video broadcast on Israeli television shows dozens of worshippers falling to the ground when the crowded bleachers collapsed.

 

A “considerable number of worshippers were injured,” according to police. A firefighter on the scene told Israel Channel 13 that worshippers appeared to be trapped under the bleachers.

 

More than 100 have been injured, according to Israeli emergency medical services.

 

The bleacher collapse comes just over two weeks after 45 people were killed in a stampede at a religious festival at Israel’s Mount Meron, where worshipers had gathered to mark the Lag B’Omer holiday.

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