Family member of construction site victim: We hope to hear positive news

Muhammed, the construction worker stuck in the rubble, is married with two children and had travels from his hometown Duma to Tel Aviv for work every weekday morning.

September 6, 2016 21:15
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Scene of building collapse in Tel Aviv's Ramat Hachayal neighborhood. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT)


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The family of Mohammed Dawabsheh, a 29-year-old construction worker who is stuck in the debris of the collapsed parking lot, is hoping to hear positive news.

“We’ve been waiting here since yesterday, but I believe God can do great things,” Rafat Dawabsheh, a cousin of Muhammed told The Jerusalem Post. “We are praying, supplicating, and hoping that we will see Muhammed very soon.”

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Rafat, who has not the site of collapse since 2P.M. yesterday, said that the events of the past two days have deeply saddened him. “Candidly, the situation is a total tragedy; its indescribable. Just today, we saw a body removed from the rubble. It does not matter to me if the person is Arab, Jewish, Turkish, or anything else. Learning about the death of anyone is very painful,” he said.

Rafat also thanked the Israeli authorities for their assistance. “They are updating us regularly and they even made a special area for me and my family members to sit,” he said. “They are helping everyone. I only have positive things to say about their work.”

Moreover, Rafat asked people near the site to refrain from spreading rumors. “Every two minutes someone comes and tells me that Muhammed is alive and they saw him. But then the authorities do not confirm that,” he remarked. “I call on everyone to not spread inaccurate information.”

Muhammed, the construction worker stuck in the rubble, is married with two children and had travels from his hometown Duma to Tel Aviv for work every weekday morning. 

Rafat said he wants everyone to pray on Muhammed’s behalf.  “Please, pray and offer your supplications. What happens will happen.”

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