Five night­club­bers and mom killed in stam­pede

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HEAVY bat­tles raged on Fri­day be­tween Us-backed Kurdish Syr­ian fight­ers and Is­lamic State mil­i­tants in the ter­ror­ist group’s last pocket in eastern Syria.

In re­cent months, the oil-rich prov­ince of Deir al-zour in eastern Syria has seen clashes be­tween the Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led group al­lied with the US, and Is­lamic State ex­trem­ists.

“Our fight­ers man­aged to take the neigh­bour­hood of Hawma, one of the first dis­tricts of Ha­jeen,” SDF spokesper­son Ahmed Mo­hammed said. Ha­jeen is the big­gest sec­tion of the Is­lamic State’s last pocket in eastern Syria. | SIX peo­ple, in­clud­ing five teenagers, were crushed to death yes­ter­day in a stam­pede at a packed night­club near An­cona on Italy’s Adri­atic coast, of­fi­cials said.

The deaths oc­curred when a walk­way lead­ing out of the Lan­terna Az­zurra night­club in the town of Cori­naldo col­lapsed, caus­ing dozens of peo­ple to fall into a trench be­low.

Three girls, two boys and a mother who had ac­com­pa­nied her child to the event, died in the crush. Po­lice said the teenagers were aged be­tween 14 and 16, while the dead woman was 39. More than 100 other peo­ple were in­jured, 13 of them se­ri­ously, of­fi­cials said. The lo­cal fire bri­gade said some­one might have sprayed pep­per spray into the crowd, trig­ger­ing a pan­icked rush to the emer­gency ex­its.

Deputy Prime Minister Mat­teo Salvini said early in­di­ca­tions sug­gested that the club was over­crowded. Pop­u­lar Ital­ian rap­per, Sfera Eb­basta, had been due to per­form.

“Peo­ple can­not die like this,” Salvini said. “We will find those re­spon­si­ble for these six bro­ken lives, those who out of mal­ice, stu­pid­ity or greed have turned a party night into a tragedy,” he said. |


AN ARTIST works on a sand sculp­ture rep­re­sent­ing the na­tiv­ity scene in St. Peter’s square at the Vat­i­can, last week. |

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