Jordan: 10 dead and more than 200 injured after toxic gas leak

Jordan: 10 dead and over 200 injured after toxic gas leak

A partial view shows the white tanker that fell during transshipment, causing toxic gas to leak into the port.

Ten people died Monday in Jordan and more than 200 others were injured after a container overturned in the port of Aqaba, in the south of the country, letting out poisonous gas.

Aqaba, one of the main ports on the Red Sea, is the only seaport of the Hashemite Kingdom , through which most Jordanian imports and exports pass.

The death toll after the gas leak in the port of Aqaba stands at ten dead and more than 200 injured, Information Minister Faisal al told AFP. -Chouboul, also spokesman for the Jordanian government.

General security spokesman Amer Al-Sartawi said a container filled with poisonous gas x27; is knocked over during transport, causing a leak at the scene.

According to officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, this container fell from a boat and the southern port area was evacuated.

Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh and his Interior Minister Mazen Al-Faraya visited the site, according to the official Al-Mamlaka TV channel.

According to images published by this television, a crane carrying the container drops it above the boat. After the shock, yellow smoke escapes instantly, while people try to flee.

The deputy head of the The Aqaba Region Port Authority, Haj Hassan, told Al-Mamlaka that an iron rope carrying a container with a toxic substance broke, resulting in the fall and the escape of the toxic substance.

People outside a hospital after toxic gas leaked from a storage tank in the port of Aqaba, Jordan.

The injured were transferred to two public hospitals, a private hospital and a fourth field hospital, authorities said.

Aqaba Health Director Jamal Obeidat said hospitals in Aqaba were saturated and could no longer receive other injured people, some of whom are in critical condition.

He called on the people of Aqaba to stay at home and close the windows as a precaution, stating that the substance present in the atmosphere was very dangerous.

In addition, the government spokesman, Fay├žal Al-Choubou, announced on television the formation of a commission of inquiry, headed by the Minister of the Interior.

At the same time, he called on the population not to s& #x27;approach r from the scene of the accident and announced the dispatch of medical reinforcements and equipment to this area.

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