At least 15 killed in Morocco food stampede

Pauline Gross
November 20, 2017

At least 17 people were killed and 40 injured in Morocco on Sunday in a stampede as food aid was being distributed in a southern village, a local youth association said.

Officials said the accident happened in Sidi Boulaalam, 35 miles from Essaouira, a popular coastal tourist town.

"People shoved, they broke down the barriers", he said. The town is in Essaouira province, which abuts the Atlantic coast southwest of Casablanca.

All of the victims were women, according to Moroccan news portal Hespress.

A number of other people are believed to have been injured in a rush for food supplies being given out by a humanitarian organisation.

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She said only four police officers were on hand to guard this year's delivery.

Morocco's interior ministry said that King Muhammed VI had instructed the local authorities to help those affected, adding that he would personally cover all medical and funeral costs. The king will pay for the hospitalization of the injured and burials of the dead, the statement said.

The Akhbar al-Yaoum newspaper quoted organiser Abdelkadir El Hadidi, an imam, as saying the operation was "in accordance with the law and under the supervision of the authorities".

An investigation was opened to determine the causes of the incident, the source said, adding that the interior ministry has opened an administrative enquiry.

Other reports by GizPress

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