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More than 160 Israeli settlers injured when West Bank grandstand seating collapses 

Two people were killed and more than 160 injured when grandstand seating collapsed at a synagogue in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev. 

The incident occurred in the occupied West Bank outside Jerusalem 'as hundreds were congregated' for the Jewish Shavuot feast on Sunday, a Magen David Adom emergency services spokesman told Israeli channel Kan.

The structure was 'under construction', he said.

Magen David Adom in a statement reported the 'deaths of two injured, including a 40-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy'.

It said '167 people were evacuated to hospitals, including five seriously injured'.

Medics evacuate an injured an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man after the collapse of grandstand seating at a synagogue in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev in the occupied West Bank

Medics and members of the Israeli security forces evacuate an injured man after the collapse of grandstand seating at a synagogue in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev

A view inside a synagogue where a grandstand collapsed during a religious celebration in Givat Zeev, in the occupied West Bank

Rescue workers transport an injured boy to an ambulance outside a synagogue where a grandstand collapsed during a religious celebration in Givat Zeev

Images circulating on social media showed the stands collapsing as dozens of men prayed.

'Praying in this building was forbidden,' Jerusalem police commander Doron Tourgeman said at the site.

'My heart goes out to the victims of the Givat Zeev catastrophe,' Defence Minister Benny Gantz wrote on Twitter, adding that army forces were seeking to assist with the evacuation.

The incident comes just weeks after a stampede that killed 45 people at a Jewish pilgrimage site.

The deadly crush in late April at Mount Meron in northern Israel has been described as one of the worst peacetime disasters since the nation's founding in 1948.

At least 16 children and teens figured among those killed.

Israel's state comptroller earlier this month announced the launch of an investigation into the stampede.

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