As time runs out, frantic rescue efforts continue at Tel Aviv collapse site


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Rescue efforts to save those trapped under the rubble of a collapsed parking facility in Tel Aviv became frantic Tuesday, as concerns possible survivors were running out of oxygen mounted.

Four people were killed and 23 others were injured Monday when an underground parking facility in the north Tel Aviv neighborhood of Ramat Hahayal collapsed. Authorities believe there are three people trapped under the debris. There are also concerns as the site is excavated, the work may cause a secondary collapse of the remaining walls.

The collapsed parking facility in Tel Aviv. Credit: Magen David Adom. 

The cause of the collapse is currently unknown and is under investigation. The Labor and Welfare Ministry's Safety Directorate is working closely with the investigation, which has been placed under a gag order.

The IDF Homefront Command, which is heading rescue efforts, deployed hundreds of its soldiers at the site, assisted by the military's Oketz canine unit. Police and emergency services personnel are assisting in the rescue efforts at well.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the site on Monday evening, to ensure rescue workers have access to all necessary resources.

"Rescue efforts are being handled professionally and as quickly as possible, to find anyone who might be trapped. This is an immense effort, very professional and challenging, and we wish all the injured a speedy recovery," he said.

Posted on September 6, 2016 .