Aqaba's silos explosion death toll reaches four


Published: 2018-05-20 12:03

Last Updated: 2024-04-14 14:19

The explosion occurred last Monday.
The explosion occurred last Monday.

The death toll of the explosion of Aqaba’s old port silos has risen to four, medical sources at Prince Hashem Hospital announced on Sunday. The injured have been transfered to King Hussein Medical Center.

MP Mohammad Riyati shared a video on his Facebook page stating that four people were in clinical death, one has died since. Riyati aimed to shed light on the situation of the patients and in the video blamed Aqaba officials for the incident and for what he saw as unadequate response to it.

He also added that the death of the injured was just a matter of time, appealing to His Majesty to save his “children.”

Last Monday the silos witnessed an explosion caused by an oxygen cylinder that had caught fire as a result of workers cutting iron in the building.

It was initially reported that five people had sustained moderate to critical injuries but the number was later revealed to be nine. Two people had died due to injuries by Thursday and another two on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

In addition to the three people who are reported to be in clinical death, there are two moderately injured who are treated in the hospital.

Aqaba’s General Prosecutor has charged Abu Ghraib Trading Co. for causing the death and injury of its workers, according to a press release issued by Aqaba’s Special Economic Zone Authority.