Nineteen dead in crush at Cairo stadium: officials

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CAIRO: Egyptian authorities said Monday that 19 people had been killed in a crush at a Cairo stadium, lowering an earlier toll and saying none of the victims had been killed by police.

Officials said the victims were crushed as thousands of fans tried to force their way into a Cairo football stadium to watch a game.

Officials said the victims were crushed as thousands of fans tried to force their way into a Cairo football stadium to watch a game.

“Nineteen people died,” interior ministry spokesman Hani Abdel Latif told AFP, revising an earlier death toll of 22 given by prosecutors.

Thousands of fans without tickets scaled stadium walls in bid to catch Sunday’s match, with clashes erupting as police fired tear gas and birdshot at the crowd.

Abdel Latif said 22 policemen were injured in the clashes and 18 people were arrested.

Khaled al-Khatib, the head of Egypt’s emergency services, confirmed the death toll.

“The deaths were caused due to a stampede. There are no signs of gunshot or birdshot,” Khatib said.

“The victims had lots of bruises, while some had broken necks… People were trampling each other.”

The interior ministry had restricted to 10,000 the number of spectators allowed into the stadium and tickets quickly ran out.

The match between Zamalek and Enppi was open to the public, unlike most other games between Egyptian clubs since stadium riots in Port Said in 2012 left more than 70 people dead in the country’s worst-ever sport disaster. (AFP)

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