The civil defense chief in Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba told on August 23, 2016, that the leak was brought under control within 15 minutes, without saying how much oil had leaked.
Initial reports suggested that the oil spill was drifting southward toward the beaches of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, at least some of the oil is expected to reach Eilat beach in Israel.
Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection began preparations to provide aid to Jordan in cleanup and in the prevention of oil from further drifting, while Jordanian officials claimed that they would be to cope with the incident themselves
Israeli officials said they were unaware of the details or cause of the spill, but reports seemed to suggest that the leak had been the result of a burst pipe and not from a container. The leak from the pipe was said to have been stopped.
In 2014, in what was described as the worst ecological disaster in Israel’s history, a portion of the Trans-Israel pipeline that runs from Israel’s Mediterranean coast to Eilat exploded, spilling five million liters of crude oil into the Evrona nature reserve.
The explosion happened as workers labored to move the pipe in order to accommodate the construction of a new international airport being built just north of Israel’s southernmost city.