The incident comes amid escalating violence between Jews and Palestinians across Israel, the West Bank, and Jerusalem, and several weeks after a deadly stampede at a religious festival in northern israel.
One person has died and between 40 and 60 injured following the collapse of bleachers at a synagogue in Giv’at Ze’ev, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank about 5 km northwest of Jerusalem, emergency services have reported.
Amateur footage from the scene shows hundreds of worshipers crowded into the synagogue’s halls, dancing along to music, when the collapse takes place.
The incident sparked chaos at the scene, with people heard calling for calm as believers sought to leave the area.
According to the latest information from Israel’s national emergency medical service Magen David Adom, the number of injured people evacuated from the synagogue has risen from 132 to over 160.
Earlier, police said 40 people were injured in the incident and called it a “multiple casualty event,” while local medical services said that about 60 people were being treated, about ten of them in serious or critical condition. Two people have died.
Footage from outside the synagogue showed ambulances and fire vehicles at the scene. The military announced that soldiers had been deployed to assist.
The incident took place on the eve of Shavuot, or Feast of Weeks, a Jewish observance that follows 50 days after Passover. It is the…