A group of workers pulled up chunks of concrete and other broken masonry as they dug down in the residential district of Gemmayze after rescue workers said on Thursday (September 3) they had detected signs of a pulse and breathing, a Reuters witness said.
After several hours of digging through rubble, however, the operation was halted late Thursday because the building was deemed too unsafe.
"Currently, as the situation stands, we have stopped all work because there are collapsed walls that may fall on the guys," Michel al-Mur from the Lebanese Civil Defense told reporters at scene.
The team of rescue workers included volunteers who came from Chile, as well as Lebanese volunteers and members of the civil defense.
They have resumed second day of searching pn Friday through the collapsed building.