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15 killed in stampede for food aid in Moroccan village

At least 15 people have died and five others have been injured in a stampede as food aid was being distributed in a village in Morocco.

State TV channel 2M said the stampede took place in the village of Sidi Boulalam in the southern province of Essaouira.

Distributions of food aid are common in the North African nation, notably in remote parts of the country. They are organised by private sponsors and groups as well as by the authorities.

A drought has greatly hurt agricultural output in Morocco recently, contributing to the high cost of basic food items.

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