CAIRO: The bodies of five Egyptians who had been killed in an explosion in Jordan have been repatriated to their hometown in Upper Egypt Wednesday, Youm7 reported.
Dozens of people arrived at the Cairo Airport to receive the bodies of their family members. A fire erupted at a customs checkpoint in Amman Monday after two containers filled with fireworks exploded, killing eight, including the five Egyptians.
Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram arrived in the same plane, as she had been in Jordan to help with the procedures. All the Egyptian victims are from Ghanayem town in Asyut.
Eight Egyptians were injured in the accident; four of whom were in a condition that allowed them to return to Egypt with the minister, Youm7 reported.
Makram told Youm7 that the Jordanian agreed to list the victims in the social insurance program retroactively to dispense compensation and pension to their family. Three of those killed and two of those injured did not enjoy insurance, MENA reported Jordanian director of the Social Insurance Organization Nadia al-Rawabdeh as saying.
A total of 75 percent of the salary of every deceased will go to his family, as well as a raise of 40 dinars ($56) and 500 dinars in funeral expenses, Rawabdeh said.
Those injured will be treated at the expense of the Jordanian government and will be granted 75 percent of their pay for every day they are in a sick leave, she added.