Israeli Crews Search for Survivors After Parking Lot Collapses


Rescue workers work at the site of a collapsed parking lot in Tel Aviv.

AP Photo/Oded Balilty
  • Three workers found dead at construction site; four missing
  • Netanyahu at Tel Aviv scene: ‘We are not giving up on anyone’

Rescue workers pulled the body of a third construction worker from the rubble of an unfinished parking garage that collapsed in Tel Aviv, and pressed their search for four more people thought to be trapped beneath debris.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Tuesday to keep military and police crews working at the site until everyone is found. “We are making every effort and not giving up on anyone,” he said in a statement, after inspecting the scene the night before. “We will reach them all.”

About 30 people, most of them construction workers, were at the site Monday when slabs of concrete crumbled, police said. Rescue teams extracted almost two dozen people from the debris within hours, but a day after the collapse, four people were still missing, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

Danya Cebus, the Africa Israel Investments Ltd. unit that was building the parking facility, said it was investigating the reason for the collapse. Shares in Africa-Israel Properties Ltd. fell as much as 2.7 percent Tuesday after losing 1.2 percent the day before.

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