Two Dead, 100 Injured in Israeli Synagogue Construction Accident

Members of the military carry an injured man outside a synagogue where a grandstand collapsed during a religious celebration in Givat Zeev, in the occupied West Bank, May 16, 2021. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

At least two worshippers were killed and more than 100 injured on Sunday when a grandstand collapsed in a synagogue under construction in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israel’s national ambulance service said.

The accident in Givat Zeev, just north of Jerusalem, raised more questions about safety measures at large ultra-Orthodox events, two weeks after 45 pilgrims were crushed to death in a stampede at the burial site of a Jewish sage in northern Israel.

A police spokesman said 650 worshippers were at the Givat worship site for the start of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

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SOURCE: Reuters