By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
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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