Tel Aviv parking structure 'never stood a chance,' expert says


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Rescue teams at the scene of the collapsed parking facility in Tel Aviv were pessimistic Wednesday, saying the chances of finding survivors under the rubble after more than 48 hours were diminishing rapidly.

Four people were killed and 23 others were wounded Monday when the four-story parking facility under construction in the north Tel Aviv neighborhood of Ramat Hahayal collapsed. Three people are still missing.

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

Some 250 Homefront Command soldiers, assisted by the military's Oketz canine unit, and numerous police and emergency services personnel continued the frantic rescue effort Wednesday.

"This is a race against time, but we won't give up until everyone is accounted for," Homefront Command Col. Golan Vach told Israel Hayom.

Large and small excavation machines were deployed to the site on Tuesday evening, once rescue teams made their way to the bottom of the rubble.

The structure had been intended to house up to 600 vehicles, and was scheduled to open to the public in October.

Posted on September 7, 2016 .