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At least fifteen killed in Morocco stampede

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At least fifteen killed in Morocco stampede

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At least fifteen people were killed and five others have been seriously injured in a stampede in southwest Morocco as food aid was being distributed.

The incident happened in a market in Sidi Boulaalam, outside the Moroccan port town of Essaouira. The food packages were being handed out by a private charity from Casablanca and attracted large crowds.

Local reports say most of the victims were women and elderly people and that the death toll could rise.

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.