16 Palestinian pilgrims die as bus overturns in Jordan

Baku, March 17, AZERTAC

The number of Palestinian pilgrims killed when their bus overturned in a remote area of southern Jordan rose overnight from 14 to 16, including nine who had been pinned under the vehicle, according to Gulf News.

The bus veered off the road in the accident late Wednesday near Jordan’s border with Saudi Arabia, Farid Sharea, a spokesman for Jordan’s Civil Defense department, told the Voice of Palestine radio station.

Injured passenger Azzah Ebrahim said he remembers the bus overturning. “Some of us were beneath the bus, and some of us were inside the bus, between the chairs,” Ebrahim said from his hospital bed in the southern city of Maan, about 70 kilometers from the scene of the accident.

Sharea said heavy equipment was used to lift the bus and pull nine bodies from underneath the vehicle.

The windows of the mud-smeared bus were shattered. Glass shards, passengers’ crumpled clothing and empty water bottles were strewn on the floor of the vehicle.

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