Stampede outside Basra stadium claims 2

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Basra, Iraq, Jan 19: A stampede outside a stadium in southern Iraq on Thursday killed at least two people and injured dozens, a health official said. The deadly incident happened as spectators gathered to attend the final match in the first international soccer tournament held in the country in four decades.

Iraqi football fans try to enter the Basra International Stadium in Basra, Iraq, Jan 19, 2023. A stampede outside the stadium killed 2 and injured a number of people. (AP)

The official Iraqi News Agency said some of the 60 people who were injured outside the Basra International Stadium were in critical condition. A physician at Basra General Hospital told The Associated Press that two people were killed and 38 were injured, some of whom have been discharged from the hospital.

The physician spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. Iraq’s Interior Ministry in a statement urged people without tickets for the final match to leave the stadium area. It said the stadium was full and that all gates have been closed. (AP)

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