In his interview with Sky News Arabia, Shboul explained: “The accident was a tank loaded with chlorine for export, which was being lifted towards the shipping vessel. The tank fell and exploded, and chlorine gas is a very toxic gas, which causes suffocation.”
Jordanian authorities said the toxic gas leak killed at least 13 people and injured about 250 others.
The wind drove away the gas
Al-Shaboul indicated that everyone who was in the place is considered to be in the immediate circle of danger, and said: “It was dealt as quickly as possible towards the Aqaba hospitals, now the gas leakage has stopped completely, and what helped reduce the damage, is that the winds were blowing in the opposite direction of the port, towards the sea.” Thus, reducing gas leakage to the population areas.
According to Shboul, the health capabilities of Aqaba were enhanced, with two planes from the capital, Amman, which flew to the scene immediately.
The Jordanian Minister of Information confirmed that the health sector in Aqaba was able to absorb the cases of the injured, and things are now starting to regress from what they were 3 hours ago when the accident occurred.
Al-Shboul indicated that everyone who was in the scene, whether those who were injured, or those who were near the accident, were evacuated.
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