Two Jordanian Workers Killed After Tree Collapses on Them in Southern Israel

Police conclude that the tree fell due to the strong winds in Eilat; a third worker was wounded too, but sustained minor injuries only

The fallen palm tree in Eilat, March 30, 2019.
Magen David Adom spokesperson

Two Jordanian workers in their twenties were killed Saturday after a palm tree fell on them near a gas station in the southern Israeli city of Eilat.

Magen David Adom paramedics who arrived at the scene declared the  workers dead after they had sustained full-body injuries and were not showing any signs of life.

Police concluded that the tree fell due to strong winds in the city, but did not rule out that the tree could have been infected by palm weevils, a species of beetle that eats away at the trunks of date palm trees.

A third worker sustained minor injuries to his upper body from fallen palm fronds, and was taken to the Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat.

Magen David Adom also said that the workers were standing near the tree when it fell, probably taking shelter from the strong winds. Several other workers who witnessed the accident were treated for shock.

According to the Eilat municipality, the tree that collapsed was on the premises of the Prima Music hotel on the city's southern shore, and maintenance of the trees is the responsibility of the hotel.

A front desk clerk at the hotel confirmed this to Haaretz, adding that the group of Jordanian workers were not employed at the hotel, and were awaiting transportation.

According to the hotel's CEO, an agronomist had checked the trees about three weeks earlier.

The head of the city council, the city engineer, head of Eilat's fire department, and the commander of the Eilat police department all arrived at the site of the accident, where they are investigating the circumstances that led to the workers' deaths.