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At least 10 people trapped in a collapsed building in Jordan

Jordanian rescuers are searching for 10 people under the rubble of a collapsed building in Amman where six people have been confirmed dead so far, officials said on Wednesday.

At least 25 people were in a dilapidated residential building in the Jordanian capital when it collapsed on Tuesday. “There are at least 10 people under the rubble…there are signs of life,” government spokesman Faisal Shboul said during a visit to the site of the Webdeh district of Amman.

Civil Defense rescuers worked through the night removing collapsed concrete roofs and lifting debris in a desperate search for survivors. About 10 people have been evacuated so far, several of them seriously injured, hospital sources said. “We assume the trapped people are alive,” Civil Defense chief Hatem Jaber told reporters, adding that more than 350 rescuers were involved, along with drones and police dogs.

The last survivor to emerge from the rubble was a five-month-old baby who was in stable condition, a hospital source said. Prime Minister Bisher al Khasawneh ordered an investigation as officials blamed the dilapidated state of the building.

The prosecution has opened criminal proceedings against a contractor who was drilling in the building in the last days before its collapse and one of the owners of the building in connection with the incident, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

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