2 DEAD, MORE THAN 100 HURT IN BLEACHER COLLAPSE AT ISRAELI SYNAGOGUE
At least two people were killed and 167 were injured after bleachers collapsed at a Hasidic synagogue in Israel on Sunday, Daniel Uria reported for United Press International (UPI).
Emergency medical teams said a 12-year-old boy and a 40-year-old man died, while 152 people were slightly injured, 10 were in moderate condition and five in serious condition after the incident at the crowded synagogue in the town of Givat Ze'ev north of Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that he was praying for those injured in the incident. People had gathered at the synagogue for an event celebrating the Jewish festival of Shavuot.
The tragedy happened on the same day that Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City killed 33 civilians, including two children.
Rescue services sent an email to the Givat Ze'ev local council on Sunday morning clarifying that the event had not received approval due to ongoing construction at the site, The Jerusalem Post reported.
An earlier stampede at another religious site killed 45 Israelis. Jerusalem district police commissioner Doron Turjeman said the head of the council was informed that the structure was forbidden from holding prayers and large gatherings.