Jordan Sends Toxic Waste Back to Israel

Published November 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israel has accepted responsibility for 150 tons of toxic waste that sat in limbo for two weeks on the Israeli-Jordanian border, a government official said Monday. 

"Israel agreed to take the shipment and the trucks shipped it back between Sunday night and Monday morning. The material has already arrived in Israeli territory," an official at the trade and industry ministry said. 

The controversy began when the waste was transported from Israel under the guise of material for use in a paint factory in Jordan, the official said. 

Though it crossed the border, Jordanian authorities subsequently decided to send the material back, but Israel refused to accept it, the Jordanian daily Al Arab Al Yawm said Sunday. 

"We will not allow anyone to turn Jordan into a waste tip," Jordan's Minister of Trade and Industry Wassef Azar told the paper -- AMMAN (AFP)  



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