12 people are dead tonight after a massive explosion and toxic gas leak at a Jordanian port.
According to the Jordanian government, a crane was loading chlorine tanks onto a ship when one of them was dropped as a result of a crane malfunction.
Video independently verified by NBC News shows the moment a cloud of yellow gas spread to cover the dock, sending workers running for their lives.
More than 260 people were injured according to the government release.
A state-funded outlet Al-Mamlaka TV reporting 199 people were being treated in hospitals.
Aqaba is on the northern tip of the Red Sea, next to the Israeli city of Eilat.
The nearest residences are 15 miles away, but a local health official urged people to stay inside and close their windows and doors.
The country's Media Minister says the situation is under control.
The Prime Minister saying he assembled the team to find out exactly what happened.
Photos from Jordan Public Security show laboratory teams on site to collect evidence.
The Prime Minister adding, "I salute all the working cadres from the specialized agencies for the speedy response to the Aqaba incident.
Which reduced the severity of the injuries we witnessed."