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12 Dead, Over 200 Injured In Jordan’s Aqaba Gas Leak

A hazardous gas leak in Jordan’s Aqaba port on Monday resulted in more than 200 injuries and ten fatalities, according to a government official.

A big cylinder fell from a crane on a moored vessel, triggering a massive explosion of yellow gas, as shown in state television footage.

Faisal al-Shaboul reported to AFP that the death toll had increased from the original five to 10.

According to state media, the accident site was visited by the prime minister, Bishr Khasawneh, and the interior minister, Mazen al-Faraya.

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Amer al-Sartawy, a spokesman for the civil defense, had earlier stated that the hazardous gas tank’s collapse had resulted in 234 injuries.

“Specialists and the hazardous substances team in the civil defense are dealing” with the incident, Sartawy added.

The incident prompted the evacuation of Aqaba’s southern coastline, according to Jordanian official authorities.

The only marine terminal in Jordan and a major transit hub for a substantial share of its imports and exports is the Aqaba port.

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A hazardous gas leak in Jordan’s Aqaba port on Monday resulted in more than 200 injuries and ten fatalities, according to a government official.

A big cylinder fell from a crane on a moored vessel, triggering a massive explosion of yellow gas, as shown in state television footage.

Faisal al-Shaboul reported to AFP that the death toll had increased from the original five to 10.

According to state media, the accident site was visited by the prime minister, Bishr Khasawneh, and the interior minister, Mazen al-Faraya.

READ MORE: G7: We’ll Stand With Ukraine ‘For As Long As It Takes’

Amer al-Sartawy, a spokesman for the civil defense, had earlier stated that the hazardous gas tank’s collapse had resulted in 234 injuries.

“Specialists and the hazardous substances team in the civil defense are dealing” with the incident, Sartawy added.

The incident prompted the evacuation of Aqaba’s southern coastline, according to Jordanian official authorities.

The only marine terminal in Jordan and a major transit hub for a substantial share of its imports and exports is the Aqaba port.

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