Tel Aviv building collapse injures dozens, others feared trapped

The collapsed structure on the Tel Aviv building site. Oded Balilty / AP

Dozens of people were injured and an unknown number trapped after a structure collapsed at a Tel Aviv building site on Monday, officials said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said at least 30 people hurt.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service said it was treating 10 people — including one with severe injuries.

Search-and-rescue teams from the Israeli military were called in to help dig out people stuck under the rubble in the Ramat Hachayal neighborhood.

Officials managed to reach the cellphones of two trapped individuals, rescuing the pair and taking them to the hospital.

However, there was conflicting information about the number of people still missing in the rubble about two hours after the collapse.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service initially tweeted that 20 people were feared trapped, but Tel Aviv Police Chief Chico Edri later told a press conference later that five people were still missing.

Moshe Levi, a United Hatzala rescue worker, said he found “a lot of wounded people” when he arrived at the scene.

“There are more people under the rubble,” Levi added.

Authorities said the structure that collapsed was the underground parking lot of an under-construction office block.

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