Rescue teams have abandoned their search for survivors in the rubble of a four-storey building in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
Rescue teams have abandoned their search for survivors in the rubble of a four-storey building in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The building collapsed on Friday (28 April) killing at least 13 people, and injuring more than 40.
SYNOPSIS: The building which collapsed, near the burnt-out Holiday Inn in Beirut's devastated hotel district, was taken over last month by refugees who had fled from Southern Lebanon after the Israeli invasion in March.
Rescue teams worked around the clock to recover the living -- and the dead -- from the rubble. Rescue workers said later they expected the death toll to rise because not all the occupants had been accounted for, and at least a dozen of the injured were in critical condition. They said the building had been used by up to 150 people, but many of these escaped with slight injuries.
The building was taken over last month by refugees fleeing the Israeli advance. Several of the victims were believed to have come from the village of Khiam near the Lebanese-Israeli border. The village was completely destroyed by Israeli bombs and artillery.