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Officials report Jordan oil spill in Red Sea, extent unclear

AP , Wednesday 24 Aug 2016
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Officials have reported that oil has spilled from Jordan into the Gulf of Aqaba, but the size of the leak remains unclear.

The civil defense chief in Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba told a local news website that the leak was brought under control within 15 minutes, without saying how much oil had leaked.

Israel's Foreign Ministry says it was informed of the leak by Jordanian counterparts. The statement referred to 200 tons of oil having leaked, citing Jordanian media reports. However, a search Wednesday of news websites did not immediately turn up such an assessment.

Israeli Environment Minister Zeev Elkin told Israel Army Radio from the Israeli resort of Eilat, across the gulf from Aqaba, that it appears currents were sending the oil toward Saudi Arabia.

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