Morocco food stampede kills 15 and wounds many

Frederick Owens
November 20, 2017

At least 15 people were killed and five more injuried in a crowd stampede during a food aid distribution event in Morocco, local media reported Sunday. The town is in Essaouira province, which abuts the Atlantic coast southwest of Casablanca.

Following the incident, HM King Mohammed VI gave his high instructions to the competent authorities to take all measures to provide the necessary support and assistance to the families of the victims and the injured, the source added in a statement.

Ten people are injured after a crush which happened near to Essaouira, as a crowd of around 800 formed to receive food aid.

Most of the victims are women.

Teacher Manar Khouda said previous distributions also triggered stampedes, and there were only four police officers on hand this year.

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BBC News adds that numerous injured were women or elderly.

Distributions of food aid are common in the North African nation, especially in remote areas. The handouts are organized by private sponsors and groups as well as by the authorities.

Often held once a week in rural areas of Morocco, the souks are usually very busy places.

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

Other reports by LeisureTravelAid

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