A firefighting team redoubled efforts to control the flames on a container ship docked at Jebel Ali. Witnesses reported that buildings shook throughout the city from the blast. The local government assured that the incident has not left dead or injured.
There has been a fire in a container inside a ship anchored in the main port of Dubai, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to the emirate’s press office in a tweet this Thursday, after an explosion that was felt throughout the city.
“The fire is under control and there are no deaths or injuries from the incident in the port of Jebel Ali,” reported the Dubai government communication team, showing video of firefighters putting out the flames.
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A correspondent for the AFP agency detailed that at least three residents of the area where the explosion occurred reported that the doors and windows of their homes were violently shaken by the blast this Wednesday night.
Different people in Dubai posted on social media videos recorded with their cell phones that showed a huge fireball lighting up the night.
The extent of the damage done to the port and the surrounding cargo was not immediately clear.
Fuerte explosión en el puerto de Dubai, en Emiratos Árabes. pic.twitter.com/RNn4JjH66d
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A large percentage of the world’s oil circulates through the port of Jebel Ali – located in the Persian Gulf, on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula.
In 2009, the collision between a freighter and a ship carrying liquid gas also caused a fire in the port managed by the state-owned Dubai Ports World, which was quickly extinguished without causing any casualties.
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