Jordan's public prosecutor on Tuesday launched an investigation into a chlorine gas leak that killed 13 people and injured more than 300 in the coastal city of Aqaba.At least four Asian migrants where among those killed on Monday when a tank of the toxic gas fell on the dockside in the Red Sea port, officials said.A judicial source told AFP that the country's public prosecutor and team of forensic experts had moved "to examine and collect samples and evidence at the scene of the accident and initiate investigation procedures".
Thirteen people were killed, including at least four Asian migrants, when toxic chlorine gas escaped on the dockside in the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba, officials said.More than 250 people were injured in the accident Monday, of whom 123 remained in hospital on Tuesday, according to the latest toll update.Most were being treated for the effects of breathing chlorine gas, a common cleaning agent that also has a range of other industrial uses and can be employed as a chemical weapons agent.
A chlorine gas explosion killed 12 people and injured more than 250 on Monday, authorities said, when a tank that fell from a crane released a poisonous yellow cloud at Jordan's Aqaba port.Footage on state-owned Al-Mamlaka TV showed the large cylinder, said to have been carrying about 30 tonnes of gas, plunging from a crane on a moored vessel and violently releasing the chlorine gas cloud.The force of the blast sent a truck rolling down the dock, while port workers ran for their lives.
Ten people were killed and more than 200 injured Monday in a toxic gas explosion in Jordan's Aqaba port, authorities said.Footage on state TV showed a large cylinder plunging from a crane on a moored vessel, causing a violent release of a yellow gas.The force of the blast sent a truck rolling down the harbourside, while port workers could be seen running for their lives.Nearby areas were evacuated and residents told to stay indoors.The death toll rose to 10, government spokesman Faisal al-Shaboul told AFP, revising an initial toll of five killed.
The Biden administration hasn’t made a final decision on whether a regional plan to transport Egyptian natural gas and Jordanian electricity to Lebanon would run afoul of sanctions on Syria, the top State Department official for the Middle East said Wednesday.
The US-endorsed plan would see Egypt and Jordan supply energy resources to crisis-hit Lebanon using a transnational pipeline that runs through Syria. Damascus would receive in-kind compensation for its participation.