Fifth body extracted in parking garage collapse

Body of fifth victim in collapse of Tel Aviv parking garage extracted. Rescue forces still searching for body of six and final victim.

Ben Ariel, Canada ,

Rescue workers dig through rubble at collapsed parking garage
Rescue workers dig through rubble at collapsed parking garage
IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Search and rescue forces operating to extricate the bodies of those killed in the collapse of a parking garage in Tel Aviv on Friday evening located and extricated a fifth body in the rubble.

Efforts to locate and remove the body of the sixth and final body will continue over the Sabbath, according to Channel 2 News.

ZAKA was reportedly instructed by a rabbi to continue the search efforts despite the Sabbath due to pikuach nefesh – the principle in Jewish law that the preservation of human life overrides another religious consideration.

On Thursday, the funeral of Oleg Yakobov (60), killed in the collapse, was held. "He was a wall of stability for me," his wife Galina said of him at his funeral in Ramle. "I don't know what I will do now."

The tragedy also claimed the deaths of Ahad Al-Hajj (34) of Beit Rima and Dennis Dechenko (28), a resident of the Ukraine who was employed at the site.

Some 300 IDF rescue workers worked this week at the scene non-stop to find additional missing people.

23 people were injured from the collapse that happened on Monday.

Four hours after the collapse, rescue workers succeeded in making contact with two of those trapped under the rubble and heard their shouts from their cellphones, but afterwards lost contact.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)