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IDF official in Miami says there could still be survivors

An IDF search-and-rescue team arrives at the site of the deadly high-rise residential building collapse in Surfside, Florida, June 27, 2021. (Giorgio Viera/ AFP)
An IDF search-and-rescue team arrives at the site of the deadly high-rise residential building collapse in Surfside, Florida, June 27, 2021. (Giorgio Viera/ AFP)

IDF Home Front Command Col. Elad Edri, who is part of the delegation working at the site of a building collapse near Miami, tells reporters that his team is operating under the assumption that there may still be survivors trapped in the rubble.

“We believe there are still” people alive, Edri says. “We’re treating those trapped as still living.”

Edri says the delegation is working with 3D maps, gathering information from family members and working with the US search-and-rescue teams to narrow its search field.

Edri says the IDF delegation, which arrived on Sunday, is currently slated to depart on Sunday morning. The 12-story building in Surfside, Florida, crumbled in the early hours of Thursday morning, killing at least 12 people, with 149 still accounted for.

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