Sixteen Palestinians Killed, Dozens Injured in Jordanian Bus Accident

West Bank passengers were reportedly on their pilgrimage to Mecca when the bus driver lost control of the vehicle.

Jack Khoury
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Scene of the bus crash.
Scene of the bus crash.Credit:
Jack Khoury

At least sixteen Palestinians were killed and another 36 injured in Jordan as a bus overturned while carrying passengers on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia's Mecca, Islam's holiest site.

All of those killed and injured are West Bank residents.

Jordanian rescue services said the bus had overturned when the driver lost control of the vehicle near the Saudi border.

The fatality count is considered likely to rise in the incident. Some of the injured are in serious or critical condition. All of the injured were evacuated to a hospital in the southern Jordanian city of Ma'an.

Jordanian King Abdullah ordered that the seriously injured be taken for medical care in the capital, Amman, and said that the government would cover the cost of funerals.

Officials were working to identify the bodies of the deceased and organize their transfer to Palestinian territory in the West Bank.