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Egypt Announces 3-Day Mourning After Football Tragedy


The Egyptian authorities announced a national three-day mourning period following tragic events at a stadium in Port Said that saw at least 73 people killed and about a thousand injured.

“The head of SCAF [Supreme Council of the Armed Forces] has declared a national three-day mourning starting on Thursday and until Saturday,” a statement from the SCAF said.

Thousands of fans rushed onto the field after their home team from Port Said, Al-Masry, defeated Al-Ahly, one of Egypt’s top clubs from Cairo, 3-1 on Wednesday night. They first clashed with rival fans of the Cairo-based club and then attacked the Al-Ahly players and coaches. The attack resulted in a stampede at the stadium, which was being attended by some 40,000 people that night.

It is the deadliest incident in football since a 1996 stampede in Guatemala City before a World Cup qualifier between Guatemala and Costa Rica that killed 80 people and injured 180 others.

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