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17 West Bank Palestinian killed during trip in Jordan

By Mason White 3:23 PM March 17, 2013
Scene of the bus crash 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A bus crash in Jordan killed at least 17 West bank Palestinians, according to emergency workers in Jordan.

The district governor of Jenin, said Saturday that most of the 17 victims who died after a bus carrying pilgrims overturned in Jordan were from the Jenin area.
“We are working on arrangements to bring the bodies back to Jenin,” Talal Dweikat told a palestinian newspaper.

The bus, carrying Palestinian pilgrims who performed the Umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, turned over on a Dead Sea road, according to the local newspaper.

The head of al-Shuna al-Janubiyya hospital, said that 15 people died in the accident and 30 were injured. Twenty-five of those injured were taken to hospitals in Amman, he said, noting that five are still in critical condition.

The newspaper quoted sources from Public Security Directorate of Jordan as saying that a bus collided with a truck and a small car before it turned over. The truck driver also died in the crash.

Earlier, the Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud al-Habbash, confirmed that a bus carrying pilgrims overturned en route to the Jordan’s King Hussein Bridge crossing.
“We are in contact with the Jordanian authorities during the investigation,” he said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view