No Moroccan among the victims

The Moroccan Embassy in South Korea said on Sunday that no Moroccan national was among the victims of the deadly stampede that took place Saturday evening in Seoul.

“In the aftermath of the tragic stampede during Halloween celebrations in Seoul’s Itaewon district on Saturday night, which left more than 150 dead and dozens injured, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Seoul announces to all members of the Moroccan community in the Republic of Korea to be in constant contact with the authorities of the country and that no Moroccan is among the victims“, said the diplomatic representation in a press release.

As part of the follow-up and information on the development of this tragedy, and for each emergency, the Embassy has made available to the Moroccan community a fixed number: +82-2 792 7097, as well as a mobile number: +8210-31537-7097.

The stampede in an alley in the Itaewon district left 153 dead, while rescue and identification of victims continues.

According to the emergency services, the stampede occurred when tens of thousands of people gathered in the Itaewon district on the occasion of Halloween. “Someone fell in the narrow alley setting off a stampede in the crowd and people piled on top of each other,” reports the South Korean news agency.

Among the victims of this tragedy, 20 dead of foreign nationalities have been identified. Iran, Uzbekistan, China and Norway are among the countries of origin of the deceased foreigners.

Separately, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said on Sunday it had received about 355 missing person reports following the fatal stampede.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol announced on Sunday the opening of an investigation to shed light on the stampede. Yoon, who lamented ‘a tragedy and disaster that should not have happened’, said his government would investigate ‘rigorously’ to determine the causes of the disaster, one of the worst in recent Korean history. from South.

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