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Deadly crush outside Iraq football stadium kills one

Deadly crush outside Iraq football stadium kills one

Deadly crush outside Iraq football stadium kills one

Deadly crush outside Iraq football stadium kills one

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  • Tens of 1000 of spectators en route to see Iraq play Oman in Arabian Gulf Cup final.
  • Turnstiles had not been opened to allow entry to the stadium prior to the crush.
  • Some of the injured were in serious condition.
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A crush outside a stadium in the southern Iraq‘s city of Basra resulted in at least one football fan’s death and 60 additional injuries.

Tens of thousands of spectators were en route to the Basra International Stadium to witness Iraq face Oman in the Arabian Gulf Cup final when it happened.

Many people, according to officials, were seeking to get in without tickets.

Some of the injured were in serious condition, according to a medical source who spoke to the state-run  news agency.

Social media videos appeared to show numerous people unmoving on the ground while medical personnel struggled to revive a man.

A big line of people could be seen lining up along a road leading to the stadium hours before the game’s scheduled 19:00 local time start (16:00 GMT).

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Turnstiles had not been opened prior to the crowd, according to a photographer for AFP inside the stadium.

Later, ticket holders were permitted entry before the turnstiles were once more locked and anybody left outside was told to leave.

Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Sudani was said to be overseeing the situation on the ground, while the Iraqi army asked people in Basra to allow the Arabian Gulf Cup to be “wrapped up in a civilized fashion that does honor to Iraq”.

Iraq had to apologies to Kuwait earlier this month when disorder in the stadium’s VIP area made it impossible for the emir’s delegation to attend the first game.

The biennial Arabian Gulf Cup, which is played in addition to Iraq and Oman by Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates, has not been hosted by Iraq since 1979.

After many years of conflict and political unrest, the tournament was meant to present a more favorable picture of the nation.

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