Daily Israel Report

Egypt Soccer Stampede: 73 Dead

At least 73 have died, 1,000 hurt in melee at end of soccer match.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/1/2012, 11:28 PM

At least 73 people are dead after a melee erupted at the end of a soccer match in Port Said, Egypt. According to some reports, Egyptian security forces opened file on stampeding fans.

The carnage took place after the final whistle was blown in the central game of Egypt's top league, with a surprise 3-1 victory by home team Al Masry over Egypt's leading team, Al Ahly.

Al Ahly fans descended on the playing field and proceeded to chase and beat the opposing team's players and fans, hurling stones and sticks and causing a stampede.

Some of the dead are reportedly security officers. State TV, citing the Health Ministry, said 1,000 people were injured.