Jordan: Chlorine Gas Leak Kills 13, Injures Hundreds

    Photo: Jordanian Public Security [via CNN]

    The Facts

    • On Mon., at least 13 people died and 251 were injured after chlorine gas leaked from a tank in Jordan's southern port city of Aqaba, according to officials.

    • Video footage released by the state media shows that a chlorine gas tank fell while being transported by crane onto a ship, exploding on impact, and filling the air with yellow toxic smoke.

    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    This was an accident waiting to happen as the management for the Aqaba port isn't committed to safe operations. Equipment is often used beyond its expected service life with poor maintenance, and various workers aren't qualified to serve in their roles.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Jordan has already opened an investigation to highlight mistakes and to hold those responsible for this disaster accountable. Authorities have worked hard to mitigate damages and to reopen the Aqaba port, which is crucial to the national economy.

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