Video from a nearby CCTV camera broadcast by state-owned al Mamlaka TV showed the container being carried by a crane before falling, releasing a cloud of yellow gaseous material onto a ship and inside the port. The video showed people running away after the container fell.
A team of hazardous materials specialists from the Jordanian Civil Defense has been dispatched to the scene of the incident, a PSD spokesman said. The area has been quarantined, the Jordanian Civil Defense said in a statement.
The injured were sent to a nearby hospital, with local footage broadcast on Jordanian state television showing teams in hazmat suits at the site of the incident.
Nearby hospitals treating the injured after the incident have reached full capacity, according to Jordanian state television, citing the head of Aqaba’s health directorate, Jamal Obeidat.
Obeidat said field hospitals would be deployed and asked Aqaba residents to close their windows and stay indoors, according to al Mamlaka TV.
Air evacuation planes were also sent to assist with evacuations.
Aqaba is a popular tourist resort, located on the Red Sea. The incident alarmed many tourists, but Tourism Commissioner Nidal Al Magali said in a statement that the impact of the gas’s spread was currently limited due to slow winds.