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10 die in toxic gas leak in Jordan

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AQABA, JORDAN - JUNE 27: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY – MANDATORY CREDIT - "JORDAN POLICE HEADQUARTERS / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) 10 people died and more than 250 people were injured from the toxic gas leaked as a result of the explosion of the tank that overturned during loading at the Aqaba Port in Aqaba, Jordan on June 27, 2022. (Jordan Police Headquarters - Anadolu Agency)
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Jun 28, 2022 - 04:01 AM

AMMAN, Jordan (AA) – At least ten people lost their lives on Monday in a toxic gas leak in the Jordanian city of Aqaba, according to local authorities.

Jordan’s Public Security Directorate said 251 people were also affected by the gas leak from a tank at Aqaba port.

“Specialists and hazardous materials teams in the Civil Defense Authority are currently dealing with the gas leak,” Col. Amer Al-Sartawi, a spokesman for the directorate, said in a statement.

The spokesman said a tanker filled with a toxic gaseous substance fell during its transportation, causing a gas leak at the site.

“The area was immediately isolated and specialists began to deal with the incident,” he added.

 

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat in Ankara

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