At Least 17 Killed in Stampede During Aid Distribution in Morocco

Water shortages have struck Morocco. AP

Fifteen people were killed and at least 5 others were injured in a stampede, which occurred on Sunday during the distribution of food by a local association in the commune of Sidi Boulalam in Essaouira province.

All of the victims were women, according to Moroccan news portal Hespress.

The drama took place in the town of Sidi Boulaalam (about 60 km north-east of Essaouira), has stressed the ministry of Interior in a press release, without specifying the exact circumstances of the stampede.

Most of the dead were women or elderly people, reports said, blaming the the crush on "disorganisation". Forty others lost consciousness due to overcrowding.

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Distributions of food aid are common in the North African nation, notably in remote parts of the country.

Images posted on "essaouira en ligne tv", a Facebook page run by activists, show a large crowd gathered in the village's market square and bodies lying on the ground.

The Akhbar al-Yaoum newspaper quoted organiser Abdelkadir El Hadidi, an imam, as saying the operation was "in accordance with the law and under the supervision of the authorities".

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.

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