Photo Credit: David Stanley
Aqaba, Jordan

Jordanian Armed Forces have been asked to help deal with a poison gas leak in the Port of Aqaba that so far has killed ten people and injured at least 251 others, a military spokesperson told the Al Ra’i newspaper.

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Toxic gas leaked into the main port of Aqaba on Monday after a tank filled with the gas fell during its transportation.

Jordanian citizens were asked by the army not to gather in front of hospitals in order to ease the work of ambulance crews evacuating the injured.

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz expressed his “deepest condolences” to the Kingdom of Jordan following “the tragedy that took place at the Port of Aqaba.”

“As we have told our friends in Jordan, the Israeli defense establishment is ready to assist with any effort, by any means necessary,” he stated Monday evening.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with the fallen [sic] as we pray for a speedy recovery of the wounded,” he added.

Content from TPS was used in this report.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.