At Least Two Dead in Crush at Gulf Cup Final in Iraq

At least two people were killed and dozens injured in a crush at Basra International Stadium in Iraq on Thursday, January 19, according to reports in Iraqi media.

The incident occurred ahead of the final of the Arabian Gulf Cup, the first major football tournament hosted in Iraq in 40 years.

This footage, which was sent to Storyful by Yasir Al-Mutouri, shows a large number of fans outside the stadium and some attempting to climb inside.

The Ministry of Interior had issued a statement urging fans not to attend the final unless they had tickets, according to Iraqi News Agency. Credit: Yasir Al-Mutouri via Storyful