Syria: 5 killed by poisonous fumes aboard ship

August 17, 2006 19:52

Five people were killed and 49 other hospitalized after poisonous fumes leaked aboard a Syrian ship, Syria's official news agency said Thursday. The fumes escaped from the cargo bay of the ship, Goy-b, which had just docked in the Syrian port of Tartous on the Mediterranean coast with a load of wood, said the SANA agency. It said the deaths occurred late Wednesday, and that the victims were being treated at al-Basil Hospital in Tartous. An investigation was under way to determine what caused the fumes, the news agency said.

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