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Jordan says accidental fall killed French climbers

A horseback rider participates in Jordan’s International Wadi Rum Endurance Race. AP Photo/Nader Daoud

AMMAN: An autopsy showed on Sunday that an accidental fall killed three French nationals as they climbed a mountain in southern Jordan, a security official told AFP.

"State coroners conducted an autopsy today on the bodies of the French people. They found out that an accidental fall has caused their death," the official said.

"Their bodies were delivered today (Sunday) to the French embassy in Amman on orders from attorney general Tareq Shqeirat."

On Saturday, the climbers, two women aged 35 and 40, and a man, 32, fell off a cliff as they climbed a mountain in the Wadi Rum area, according to an official from the civil defence department.

Jordanian Minister of Tourism Nidal Qatamin and a French Foreign Ministry spokesman have confirmed the climbers fell after their ropes were broken accidentally.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Wadi Rum, around 250 kilometres (155 miles) south of Amman, is known for its sandstone and granite rock formations and is popular with tourists visiting the kingdom.

 

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