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Death toll rises in Tel Aviv building collapse

The building collapsed in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Credit: APTN

At least four people have died and 20 have been injured after a building collapsed at a construction site in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

Rescuers pulled two more bodies from the rubble on Tuesday as the search continues.

Five people were pulled alive from the rubble and efforts are underway to rescue three constructions feared trapped following the incident on Monday.

One of those who died was a 35-year-old man.

A fire official told Channel 10 TV that the incident began with the collapse of a underground parking garage being built at the site. He said that brought down a crane, which then caused part of a building to collapse as well.

Footage of the aftermath showed clouds of dust rising from the scene.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said emergency units were on the scene of the incident in the Ramat Hachayal neighbourhood and urged locals to avoid the area.

Speaking to Channel 10 TV a construction worker identified only as Micha told how he was blown backwards by the blast and lightly injured.

All of a sudden everything collapsed. It was scary. You feel like everything is going to collapse, and you are going with it.

– Micha

Colonel Golan Vach, a commander in the military's Home Front Command - a special search-and-rescue team which is often sent to disaster zones around the world - described the scene as "very complicated" and said rescue efforts could continue for several days.

Judoka sent home from Olympics for refusing handshake

Or Sasson of Israel and Islam El Shehab of Egypt Credit: Reuters

An Egyptian judoka has been sent home from the Rio Olympics after refusing to shake the hand of his Israeli competitor, the International Olympic Committee said.

Islam El Shehaby, who was sent home by his own team, lost the fight on Friday and was reprimanded by the IOC for his actions.

The IOC acknowledged that the rules of judo do not oblige players to shake hands but said El Shehaby's behaviour went against the Games' "rules of fair play" and "spirit of friendship".

El Shehaby, 32, had reportedly been pressured by fans on social media not to show up for the match with his Israeli opponent, who went on to win bronze in the +100kg category, because it would shame Islam.

El Shehaby said: "I have no problem with Jewish people or any other religion or different beliefs. But for personal reasons, you can't ask me to shake the hand of anyone from this State, especially in front of the whole world."


CCTV captures diners fleeing Tel Aviv shooting attack

Warning: Contains distressing images

CCTV footage has emerged which shows the moment two gunmen opened fire at an open-air market in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday, killing four people and wounding at least six others.

Panicked diners are seen running away to escape gunfire. Some of the footage is blurred due to the distressing scenes.

Commentary from ITV News correspondent Paul Davies.


Victims of Tel Aviv shooting attack named

Israelis light candles near the site of the shooting attack in Tel Aviv. Credit: Reuters

Four people killed after a pair of gunmen opened fire at a popular market in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night have been identified by Israeli police.

According to CNN, the victims were two men Michael Faiga, 58 and Idan Ben Arieh, 42, and two women Ilana Naveh, 39, and 32-year-old Mila Meshayev.

In the wake of the attack, Israel has suspended entry permits for more than 80,000 Palestinians, citing security reasons.

Israel suspends Palestinian entry permits after attack

Israeli police examine the scene inside a restaurant following the shooting attack. Credit: Reuters

Israel has suspended entry permits for more than 80,000 Palestinians after two gunmen killed four people and wounded at least six others in central Tel Aviv.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack at an open-air market on Wednesday but the gunmen are believed to be Palestinian.

Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups have praised the attack.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has visited the scene and described the attacks as "cold-blooded murder".

He also said the government would "take the necessary steps to attack the attackers and to defend those who need to be defended".

Israeli PM condemns 'savage' attack in Tel Aviv

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned a "savage" shooting attack in Tel Aviv which has left four people dead and at least six others wounded.

Two gunmen opened fire indiscriminately at a popular open-air market in the centre of the city.

Mr Netanyahu said his government would "take the necessary steps to attack the attackers and to defend those who need to be defended".

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