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Tragedy in Egypt: 70 Killed in Soccer Stampede


In what was called one of the worst incidents of sports violence in Egypt in decades, dozens of Egyptians were killed after a soccer match in Port Said on Wednesday when unruly fans flooded the field after a match against rival teams, the Egypt’s Health ministry said.

Reuters reported that at least 73 people were killed and 1,000 injured during the melee. The report said that television footage showed Cairo Soccer Stadium on fire. 

“This is unfortunate and deeply saddening. It is the biggest disaster in Egypt’s soccer history,” deputy health minister Hesham Sheiha told state television, according to Reuters.

After the incident, Egypt’s Football Federation delayed league matches indefinitely, the report said. 

A security official and a medic said fans of the home team, Al-Masry, swarmed the field after a rare 3-1 win against Al-Ahly, Egypt’s top team. They threw stones, fireworks, and bottles at the fans and injured some players.

A medic at a morgue in Port Said, a city on the Mediterranean coast, said some of the dead were security officers. He was speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

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