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Israeli military review of Gaza aid convoy deaths finds most killed in stampede

Jerusalem Reuters Israel’s military said on Sunday most of the Palestinians killed last week as crowds massed near an aid convoy in Gaza died in a stampede but local health officials said casualties brought into hospitals had been hit by large-calibre ammunition. Pressure has mounted on Israel over the deaths of dozens of Palestinians during […]

South Korean night-life district mourns dead a year after Halloween crush

File photo: People walk through an alley in Itaewon where the Halloween crowd crush occurred last year, in Seoul, South Korea, on 23rd October, 2023.

Seoul, South KoreaReuters A year after 159 Halloween revellers were killed in a crowd crush in South Korea, the capital’s night-life district of Itaewon was quiet on Saturday, the area’s usual festivities replaced by mourning for those died. In the days before Halloween, seasonal decorations normally adorn the alleys that house the district’s hottest nightclubs […]

A year after deadly South Korean crush, families fight for accountability

Park Young-soo, whose son died in the Halloween crowd crush a year ago, visits the memorial park where her son's ashes were buried in Pocheon, South Korea, on 24th October, 2023

Seoul, South KoreaReuters One year after Park Young-soo lost her only son in a Halloween weekend crowd crush that killed 159 people in the South Korean capital, she still can’t bring herself to open the door to his room.  She says she may not be able to move on with her life until she sees […]

Seoul tests crowd safety plan ahead of anniversary of deadly Halloween crush

People walk through an alley in Itaewon where the Halloween crowd crush occurred last year, in Seoul, South Korea, on 23rd October, 2023

Seoul, South KoreaReuters A knot of people jostled and shoved each other on Wednesday in a narrow alleyway in Seoul, before filing patiently past a barricade of police officers in a crowd control drill held ahead of the one-year anniversary of a deadly Halloween crush. The exercise, showcasing an AI-backed network of nearly 1,000 closed-circuit […]

Yemen stampede: At least 78 killed in surge for Ramadan donations

Clothes are pictured on the ground after a stampede in Sanaa, Yemen, on 19th April, 2023.

Sana’a, Yemen Reuters At least 78 people were killed in a stampede in the Yemeni capital Sana’a as residents gathered at a school to receive cash donations distributed by merchants during Ramadan, witnesses and the Houthi administration said on Thursday. Hundreds of people crowded to receive the alms, which amounted to 5,000 Yemeni riyals, or […]

Nine suffocate to death in Ugandan New Year firework crush – police

Kampala, Uganda Reuters At least nine people including a 10-year-old boy suffocated to death as crowds rushing to see a New Year’s firework display got stuck in a narrow corridor in a shopping mall near Uganda’s capital, police said. People started pushing through a passage in the Freedom City Mall just after clocks struck midnight, […]

South Korea Halloween crush victims’ belongings fill quiet lost-and-found centre

South Korea Seoul victims clothing

Seoul, South KoreaReuters A temporary morgue for some of the people killed in South Korea’s Halloween party crush is now a huge lost-and-found, where hundreds of items such as a “Happy Halloween” backpack and a Minnie Mouse hairband await their owners. The Wonhyoro sports centre was quiet on Tuesday, three days after the crush in the […]

South Korea begins probe into deadly Halloween crush

South Korea Seoul stampede memorial

Seoul, South KoreaReuters South Korean investigators combed footage on Monday from more than 50 state and private closed-circuit TV cameras as well as from social media looking for answers to how a surge in Halloween party-goers trapped in narrow alleys killed so many. As the country began a week of mourning, the death toll climbed […]

South Korea mourns, wants answers after Halloween crush kills 153

South Korea Seoul President Yoon Suk yeol

Seoul, South KoreaReuters Shocked family members collected bodies, parents searched for children and a country sought answers on Sunday after at least 153 people were crushed to death when a crowd in South Korea surged in an alleyway during Halloween festivities. President Yoon Suk-yeol declared a period of national mourning and designated Seoul’s popular Itaewon […]