At Least 17 Killed in Stampede During Aid Distribution in Morocco

20 November, 2017, 01:26 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Fifteen dead in food aid stampede in Morocco ministry

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

At least 15 people were killed during a stampede at a food distribution event in Morocco on Sunday.

Alyaoum24.com, a reliable local news website, reported that people were rushing for the food aid whose value was about $16 per person.

"This year there were lots of people, several hundred people", the witness, a doctor who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP.

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Morocco's Ministry of Interior issued a statement announcing King Mohammed VI has instructed Moroccan authorities to provide necessary aid to the families of the victims. People shoved, they broke down the barriers. "There was no proper organization during the distribution process, resulting in this disaster", he said.

An investigation was opened to determine the causes of the incident, the source said, adding that the interior ministry has opened an administrative enquiry. People from nearby villages come to the markets to buy food and others items for the following week.

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

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