Witnesses at the scene described how suddenly the ground above the garage started to collapse, thereby trapping many of the construction workers and pedestrians below.
Police sources state that the underground parking garage had four floors, three of which collapsed in today’s incident. Rescue teams have thus far been unable to reach the lowest floor.
The direct cause of the collapse has not been released.
Israeli emergency response teams are lauded internationally, and are frequently sent to participate in rescue missions throughout the world.