10 people have been killed with 260 others injured after a toxic gas tank exploded and released toxic gas at Jordan’s Red Sea port of Aqaba, state media report.
Dramatic footage shows docking workers lifting the tank onto a container ship in sea port when it slipped from the hook, bursting and spreading deadly fumes around the port.
Port workers were caught on camera trying to flee the fumes.
A statement seen by the Jordan Times said the leak resulted from a technical malfunction in the switch of the 1,500-litre chlorine cylinder.
CDD teams administered first aid to the injured and took them to Princess Salma and Karak hospitals, a CDD statement said.
The directorate said authorities sealed off the area after evacuating the injured to hospitals and sent specialists in to address the situation.
Dr. Jamal Obeidat, a local health official, urged people to stay inside and close windows and doors.