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Sixth body located in Tel Aviv garage collapse

The site of a building collapse caused by a crane in the north Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hachayal, Spetember 5, 2016
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Rescue teams have been working since Monday to remove an estimated 250 tons of rubble from the collapse

Israeli military rescuers pulled the last missing body from a collapsed partially constructed parking garage in Tel Aviv Friday, bringing the official death toll to six, the army said.

Over a hundred Home Front Command soldiers were conducting searches for the last body believed to be buried at the site of the accident, which happened on Monday in the upscale Tel Aviv Ramat Hahayal neighborhood.

A day earlier, two other bodies were pulled from the rubble.

The collapse appears to have occurred Monday after a construction tractor drove onto the unfinished underground parking garage, which was not strong enough to hold it, causing the tractor to crash through several floors of the structure.

A definitive cause for the structure's collapse has not been confirmed by officials.

Details of the police investigation of the incident, including the identity of an arrested suspect, are under strict gag order.

On Tuesday, a number of reports put the death toll at four, however that number was revised back down to three after authorities identified the workers whose bodies had been recovered.

The three men identified were named as Oleg Yakubov, aged 60 from Tel Aviv, 28-year-old Ukrainian national Dennis Diatzniko, and Ihad Ajhaj, 34, from Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah in the West Bank.

At least 23 people were injured after the partially built parking garage collapsed at a construction site in the Ramat Hachayal area of Tel Aviv.

Rescue teams have been working to remove an estimated 250 tons of sand and rubble from the collapse.

A report from the Economy Ministry and National Insurance Institute published in May showed that Israel has the highest rate of work site fatalities in the West, and a rate double that of the average in Europe.

Lethal workplace accidents are a frequent occurrence in Israel, with many laborers falling to their deaths amid lax safety regulations and insufficient oversight. The number of workplace fatalities rose in 2016, according to Haaretz.

Thirty-two laborers were killed in the first half of the year, 16 of whom were construction workers. Eight construction workers were killed while working in the first half of 2015.

(Staff with agencies)


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