British Embassy in Amman lowers flag to half-mast in memory of Dead Sea victims


Published: 2018-10-26 13:41

Last Updated: 2023-02-04 01:21

The Union Jack flies at half-mast in Amman. (Twitter)
The Union Jack flies at half-mast in Amman. (Twitter)

The British Embassy in Amman has lowered its flag to half-mast on Friday, October 26, 2018, to mourn the death of Thursday’s Dead Sea flood victims, many of whom who were children.

On Friday morning, the British Ambassador to Jordan, Edward Oakden, tweeted:

“The Union Jack at the Embassy is flying at half-mast today alongside Jordanian flags in solidarity & sadness with our Jordanian friends & colleagues in memory of all the children, their teachers & any other victims, who so sadly died in yday’s ##Dead_Sea_Tragedy.”

The British Embassy also tweeted in solidarity with the victims’ families:

“The British Embasy and @EdwardOakden stand side by side with our Jordanian friends at this difficult time and send their deep condolences @rhc #deadsea.”

This comes after the Royal Hashemite Court lowered the Jordanian flag to half-mast on Friday morning.

“The Royal Hashemite Court flies the Jordanian flag at half-mast in memory of the students and citizens who died in the Dead Sea accident caused by flash floods #Jordan.”

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, school students were raided by heavy floods in the Dead Sea area. Search and rescue teams from the Civil Defense Directorate (CDD) have been at the scene of the incident since yesterday.

The rescue operation in Wadi Azraq Ma'in is still undergoing as the number of deaths has reached 22, while more than 43 people have been injured.

This morning, forensic doctors at al-Bashir Hospital in Amman identified 18 out of the 22 casualties.

Dr. Ahmed Bani Hani, Head of the National Center for Forensic Medicine at al-Bashir, told Roya that on Thursday night, his forensic medicine teams examined the bodies of the children who died in the accident and had their parents identify their bodies.

The Dr noted that out of the 18 bodies identified, three of them were from Iraq.