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10 die in toxic gas leak in Jordan

Leak from tank at Aqaba port affects 251 people

Laith Al-jnaidi   | 27.06.2022
10 die in toxic gas leak in Jordan FILE PHOTO

AMMAN, Jordan 

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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