Jordanians protest outcome of Aqaba port probe

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AMMAN — Dozens of people gathered outside the Aqaba Court House to protest the outcome of a probe in the chlorine gas incident in Aqaba, Ammon News reported.اضافة اعلان

The gas leak killed 13 people and injured dozens of others on June 27, when a crane loading chlorine onto a ship dropped one tank onto the quay, causing it to rupture.

An investigation showed “negligence and major deficiencies” in safety protocols, prompting Jordan’s Cabinet dismissed the director general of the state-owned Aqaba Company for Ports Operation and Management and other port officials. It also fired the director-general of the Maritime Authority and referred the incident to the Public Prosecutor.

Sunday’s protesters argued that low-ranking employees were punished, while those up in the ladder who allegedly had a hand in the incident were let loose.

The pointed out that their beloved ones were among the victims of the gas leak, which was caused by the shortcomings, negligence and failure of senior officials in the port.

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