Last Updated: January 19, 2023, 15:58 IST
One individual was killed and dozens injured Thursday when a stampede broke out outdoors a soccer stadium in Iraq hours earlier than the Gulf Cup ultimate, medical and safety sources stated.
Long banned from internet hosting worldwide soccer matches, war-torn Iraq had been relying on its internet hosting of the Gulf Cup to burnish its picture nevertheless it had already been pressured to apologise for organisational lapses.
Thousands of followers with out tickets had gathered outdoors the stadium in Iraq’s most important southern metropolis of Basra since daybreak in the hope of watching the ultimate between Iraq and Oman, which was on account of kick off at 7:00 pm (1600 GMT).
“There has been one dying and dozens of slight accidents,” a medic said.
An interior ministry official gave the same toll. “A large number of fans, many of them without tickets, had gathered since first light to try to get in,” the official stated.
An AFP photographer contained in the stadium stated the turnstiles have been nonetheless closed when the stampede broke out. Sirens blared as ambulances arrived to ferry the injured to hospital.
Images posted on social media confirmed a sea of individuals outdoors the stadium.
Iraq was already pressured to apologise to its neighbour Kuwait after a scuffle in the VIP part prevented its chief’s consultant from attending the opening ceremony earlier this month.
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