(MENAFN) Jordan pledged an inquiry into the previous day's catastrophic explosion of a chlorine tank in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, which killed at least 13 people.
On Monday, a crane lifting chlorine tanks aboard a ship dropped one of them, resulting in a massive cloud of deadly yellow smoke. Authorities reported that 250 others were sickened in addition to those dead.
The palace stated in a statement that King Abdullah II “stressed the need to provide transparent explanations to the public after investigations conclude, as well as identifying shortcomings and holding those responsible to account by law.” He also expressed his sympathy to the families of the slain.
Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh visited the site on Tuesday and stated that the gas concentration in the region had returned to normal, citing civil defense and environmental agencies. He stated that most port activity had resumed, with the exception of the incident's particular location, which was being cleaned and examined.
Many of those in hospitals, according to Al-Khasawneh, were being discharged.
According to a government spokesperson, Faisal Al-Shboul, eight of the fatalities were Jordanians and five were foreigners. According to medical officials, Chinese and Vietnamese nationals were among the injured.
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