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A poison gas explosion in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba killed 12 and injured 250

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The breaking of the metal cable on a crane caused one of the biggest disasters in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba, where at least 12 people died and another 250 showed symptoms of asphyxiation after a container fell onto the deck of a tanker carrying more than 25 tons of chlorine gas. The release of this toxic gas caused a large explosion Monday afternoon, which was recorded by the marine complex’s surveillance cameras.

The authorities ordered house arrest and the closing of windows in all neighborhoods in the city of Aqaba (population more than 180,000) north of the port, as well as in the nearby hotels on the Red Sea beaches with an influx of tourists. . The state of alert decreed by the civil defense authorities has been lifted in the early morning hours from Monday to Tuesday.

Images of the incident were broadcast by Jordanian state television and Distribution via social networks, showed the moment the container hit the ship’s hull and the immediate spread of a yellow cloud as groups of workers ran along the docks to save themselves. The ship was destined for the African country of Djibouti.

Jordan’s health ministry is confident most of the drunks would be released this Tuesday, although some are still in critical condition, Reuters reports. Inhalation or contact with skin of hydrochloric acid produced when chlorine gas diffuses in atmosphere transported and stored under refrigeration and constant pressure. On contact with air, it converts to acid, which can cause serious injury, especially pulmonary edema.

Activities in the strategic silos of Aqaba, the gateway for grain shipments to countries like Syria and Iraq, were halted after the accident to inspect the stored grain if it had been contaminated by the gas explosion. Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher al Khasawneh has ordered an investigation into the causes of the incident after visiting the injured in hospitals and touring the affected docks.

A person in charge of the Port of Aqaba quoted by the BBC confirmed the incident had been caused by a steel cable from a crane operating for a neighboring vessel breaking and the container carrying it falling onto the tanker.

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Jordan’s Civil Defense Ministry dispatched specialized teams on Tuesday to stop the gas emissions and clean up the toxic remains. “The leak occurred far from residential areas The situation is now under control.” Aqaba province governor Mohamed al Rafaia told Jordanian state television.

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