Toxic gas leak at Jordan’s Aqaba port kills 10, injures hundreds

Amman, SANA-Ten people have been killed and more than 251 others injured by a toxic gas leak at Jordan’s Red Sea port of Aqaba.

A chemical storage container fell during transportation as a result of a crane malfunction, the Public Security Directorate told state media.

Video footage showed the crane picking up the container from a lorry and then dropping it on to a docked ship.

The vessel and port are then seen being engulfed by a cloud of bright yellow gas, sending people running for safety.

Almost 200 people are reportedly being treated at local hospitals for exposure to the substance, while the other injured have been discharged.

Fedaa al- Rhaiyah/ Mazen Eyon

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