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Wedding Hall in Jerusalem Collapses

Aired May 24, 2001 - 16:53   ET

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JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: We want to move very quickly to some news that's happening right now; we're getting these reports in to CNN from Jerusalem. Now, the reports that CNN are (sic) getting is scores -- scores of people may be trapped after a wedding hall collapsed in southeastern Jerusalem this evening. This is coming from the local news reports fed to CNN. Hundreds of people were inside at the time.

This is a wedding hall; also hosted discos. It's in an industrial area in southeast Jerusalem. Again, there is concern that as this wedding hall collapsed on a Thursday evening, that scores of people may be trapped. And, looking at the pictures, you can certainly understand why.

We do not have any information yet on why this happened; they're just trying to rescue people at this point.

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