Fifteen killed in stampede at queue for food in Morocco

Another five injured in crush while aid was being distributed in village in Essaouira

The incident took place in the village of Sidi Boulaalam in the southern province of Essaouira, Morocco. Image: Google Maps

The incident took place in the village of Sidi Boulaalam in the southern province of Essaouira, Morocco. Image: Google Maps

 

Fifteen people died and five others were injured in a stampede as food aid was being distributed in a village in Morocco.

The interior ministry said the he stampede took place in the village of Sidi Boulaalam in the southern province of Essaouira.

King Mohammed ordered that the victims’ families be given any assistance they needed, the ministry said in a statement, adding that a criminal investigation had been opened.

No more details were immediately available.

Last month, the king dismissed the ministers of education, planning and housing, and health after an economic agency found “imbalances” in implementing a development plan to fight poverty in the northerly Rif region.

The Rif saw numerous protests after a fishmonger was accidentally crushed to death in a garbage truck in October 2016 after a confrontation with police, and he became a symbol of the effects of corruption and official abuse.

In July, the king pardoned dozens of people arrested in the protests and accused local officials of stoking public anger by being too slow to implement development projects.

– Reuters