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Watch: Huge explosions rock military facility in Jordan, army blames heat wave

By: Reuters | Amman |

Up to date: September 11, 2020 11:38:00 pm


A view of a big explosion within the metropolis of Zarqa, Jordan, September 11, 2020 is proven on this nonetheless picture taken from a video obtained from social media. (NABD Al ZARQA /through REUTERS)

A collection of large explosions that rocked Jordan’s second largest metropolis early on Friday was attributable to mortar shells saved at a military munitions depot warping in an intense warmth wave, the military stated.

The federal government had earlier blamed an electrical brief circuit for the daybreak blasts, which lit the desert sky and may very well be seen within the capital Amman, 35 km (22 miles) to the southwest. Each it and the military command stated there have been no experiences of accidents.

Military spokesman Brigadier Basic Talal al Ghobain stated investigations now indicated the extraordinary warmth brought about the “thermal enlargement of mortar shells” within the arms depot on the japanese outskirts of the sprawling metropolis of 1.5 million folks.

The blast website lies inside a excessive safety zone the place among the nation’s main US-equipped military bases are situated, army sources say.

“We felt like an earthquake had struck. Our home windows shook and glass shattered. My youngsters began crying,” stated Zarqa resident Nabila Issa, a housewife and mom of 5 kids.

Authorities spokesman Amjad Adailah stated earlier that mortars saved on the facility have been previous and never usable. A military supply stated on situation of anonymity that among the weapons on the website have been precision-guided anti-aircraft missiles; a military spokesman stated no such missiles have been saved there.

Temperatures within the kingdom, together with neighbours Syria, Israel, Palestinian territories and Iraq, have topped 45 levels Celsius (113°F) this month, ranges not seen in a long time.

Military Chief of Employees Main Basic Yusef al Huneiti informed state media the speedy response in coping with the accident had lessened losses.

Safety forces sealed off Zarqa and prevented site visitors from leaving or coming into. Journalists desirous to journey by way of to the blast website about 10 km (6 miles) to the east have been prevented from doing so.

Jordan’s location makes it a great logistics and provide hub for the Unites States, together with for the US army’s garrison at Tanf in southeastern Syria.

US officers say that army assist to Jordan helps to construct the dominion’s defensive capabilities as a part of a wider regional technique.

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