Dozens Killed, Wounded in Bus Crash carrying Palestinian Pilgrims

AMMAN, March 16, 2013 (WAFA) – A total of 15 Palestinian pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia were killed Saturday in a bus crash near Amman, Jordan, and many others injured, said Jordanian security sources.

President Mahmoud Abbas sent his condolences to the families of the dead and ordered to follow up on the situation of the wounded and to provide them with whatever assistance needed.

A statement by the Jordanian General Security said that the bus carrying Palestinians from Jenin area in the West Bank on their way to Allenby Bridge on the River Jordan after performing Umrah in Mecca collided with a truck in al-Adasiay area.

Jenin governor Talal Dweikat said 15 Palestinians were killed and over 31 received moderate to serious injuries.

He said that all injuries were transferred to a number of hospitals to receive treatment.

The bus company’s manager Samih Mas’ad told WAFA that the bus was only carrying passengers from Jenin.

(Updated at 14:00 local time)

Minister of Health Hani Abdeen later said the number of deaths from the bus crash increased to 17.

He said five of the wounded were in critical condition and 31 were in moderate to light condition.

Abdeen said arrangements are underway to bring the dead to the West Bank for burial in their hometowns.

Source: WAFA News