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Mourning, aid and prayer: Photos from the Surfside tragedy

Search and rescue efforts continue in Miami following the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium complex. 18 people are confirmed dead, and at least 145 people remain unaccounted for. Estimates suggest over 50 of those dead and still missing are Jewish.

Forward reporter Louis Keene, on the ground in Miami, captured a scene in limbo: improvised memorial sites for the dead and missing, ongoing attempts to sort through rubble and the shaky remains of a partially-collapsed building. Below are some images from week following the tragedy.

Boxes of donations in the Shul of Bal Harbour.

By Louis Keene

Boxes of donated food, clothing and other supplies stacked in the social hall of the Shul of Bal Harbour in Surfside, Florida, after last week’s tragic condo collapse. The synagogue, located less than a mile from the Champlain Towers South, has raised over $1.3 million to support victims and their families.

The view from the north side of the Champlain Towers South condo complex.

By Louis Keene

The view from the north side of the Champlain Towers South condo complex. Dozens of municipal, state, federal and international rescue teams are stationed at the site after the building partially collapsed last Thursday, June 24.

A memorial at nearby tennis courts.

By Louis Keene

A memorial at nearby tennis courts created by community members to honor those declared deceased or still missing following the disaster.

Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command Col. Elad Edri speaks with reporters.

By Louis Keene

Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command Col. Elad Edri speaks with reporters on June 30, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. He described the disaster site as unlike any he’s ever seen before, and said the rescue operation is trying to involve the families of the missing in the process.

A man surveys a memorial honoring those declared deceased or still missing after the Surfside tragedy.

By Louis Keene

A man surveys a memorial honoring those declared deceased or still missing after the Surfside tragedy.

Another memorial to the dead and missing in the Surfside tragedy in Miami, Florida.

By Louis Keene

Another memorial to the dead and missing in the Surfside tragedy in Miami, Florida.

Udonis Haslem of Miami Heat at memorial site for Surfside condo collapse

By Louis Keene

Miami Heat legend Udonis Haslem writes a condolence message on a sign at the memorial site for those dead and missing. The remaining portion of the Champlain South Towers stands in the background.

The Surfside disaster media center.

By Louis Keene

Press gather at the media center for reporting on the Surfside disaster.

Truck from central Florida task force 4 urban search and rescue

By Louis Keene

Rescue forces from all over Florida descended upon Surfside to assist with the search operation.

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