Jan 15, 2016, 2:20 PM
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Jews synagogue collapses; no fatality reported

Tehran, Jan 15, IRNA – Jews Synagogue at Shariati Avenue of Tehran collapsed on Friday due to the interior construction operations underway within the building for its renovation.

Spokesman of Tehran's Firefighting Organization Seyyed Jalal Maleki told IRNA that some 16 worshippers were praying inside the synagogue when it sustained collapse.

No casualties have so far been reported as a result of the collapse and all the worshippers were pulled out unharmed, he said, noting that the collapse only incurred damage to three cars parked nearby.

He further noted that when firefighters were informed of the collapse early in Friday morning, two units were swiftly dispatched to the site.

Media reports quoted another firefighter as saying that the owner had been doing excavations underneath the same building and that led to cracks on the walls.