Tragedy on Shavuot eve
Two dead, 184 injured in grandstand collapse near Jerusalem

Two killed and 184 injured after grandstand collapses in Givat Ze'ev synagogue during Shavuot prayers.

Elad Benari, Canada , | updated: 2:00 AM

Scene of Givat Ze'ev grandstand collapse
Scene of Givat Ze'ev grandstand collapse
Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash 90

A 40-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy were killed and 184 people were injured when a grandstand collapsed at a synagogue in Givat Ze’ev near Jerusalem during Shavuot prayers on Sunday evening.

Reports said that approximately 600 people were at the Karlin Stolin synagogue at the time of the incident.

Magen David Adom paramedics who were called to the scene evacuated the injured to hospitals.

105 people were evacuated to Shaare Zedek Hospital, including two in serious condition, six in moderate condition and 97 in light condition.

22 people were evacuated to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, of whom one is in moderate condition and 21 are lightly injured.

51 people were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, of whom three are in serious condition, three are suffering moderate injuries and 45 are in light condition.

Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer received four people with light injuries.

Two people with light injuries were evacuated to Shamir-Assaf Harofeh Hospital.

MDA's blood services provided 237 blood doses and components to the hospitals in Jerusalem.

A Magen David Adom paramedic who arrived at the scene in Givat Ze'ev said, "There was a big commotion at the scene, worshipers who were there signaled for me to enter the building and were shouting for help. Dozens of wounded to varying degrees lay on top of each other in the back of the grandstand that collapsed while trapped under the rubble and metal fragments."

The IDF has dispatched fighters from the Home Front Command and medical forces from the Central Command to assist in the incident.

Israel Air Force helicopters and medical personnel were also rushed to the scene.

Jerusalem District Police Commander Doron Turgeman, who arrived at the scene of the incident, said that the makeshift building set up for the prayer service had not been cleared for use by the police.

"The police instructed the local council that the synagogue should not be used. It is the responsibility of a local authority to prevent the entry of worshipers," said Turgeman.

“There are at least two dead in the incident. There was negligence and irresponsible conduct here, there will be arrests,” he added.

Givat Ze’ev Regional Council Head Yossi Avrahami said that the council had warned about holding events at the synagogue that collapsed.

"The council appealed to all relevant authorities and alerted on this issue. We closed [the venue] with signs saying that the site here is dangerous and from the council's point of view, it was not possible to enter and hold the event here. Police said they were not liable for the event. We've got it written down," he said.

The police have decided that the fraud unit of the Tel Aviv district will investigate the incident.

The decision was made mainly to prevent allegations that the Jerusalem Police are investigating an incident in which they may be involved.

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

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