Chlorine gas leak: 12 dead, 251 injured in Jordanian port

Jordan’s grain silos in Aqaba have halted work to inspect the grains and for signs of contamination, but maritime traffic in Aqaba’s ports continues, officials said.

There were no ships unloading grain loads at the time of the incident, she added.

The port of Aqaba on the north side of the Red Sea has long been an important transit route for Iraqi imports and exports.

Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh arrived in Aqaba and went to a hospital where some of the injured were treated, state television reported.

Al-Khasawneh also formed an investigation team into the incident chaired by the interior minister, state television quoted the information minister as saying.