Seven killed in Morocco train derailment

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Security personnel stand at the site of a train derailment at Sidi Bouknadel near the Moroccan capital Rabat. (Reuters)
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Updated 16 October 2018
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Seven killed in Morocco train derailment

  • The train derailed near Sidi Bouknadel, a town near Rabat

SIDI BOUKNADEL, Morocco: At least seven people were killed and about 80 injured when a train was derailed near the Moroccan capital Rabat on Tuesday morning.
At least one wagon overturned in the incident near Sidi Bouknadel, a town 10 km north of Rabat, on a coastal line connecting the city of Kenitra to the commercial hub of Casablanca.
"I heard the very loud sound of the accident and rushed to the site, where I saw people screaming in fear and pain, while others were jumping out of the train windows," a witness told Reuters.
Many of the injured were taken to the Moulay Abdellah hospital in Sale, near Rabat.
"Some people lost their arms and legs in the accident," the medical source there said. Relatives of the victims wept at the hospital.
Some cases were treated at the Mohammed V military hospital in Rabat, state news agency MAP reported.
National railway operator ONCF said investigations into the cause of the crash were under way.
The royal court said King Mohammed VI would pay the funeral and burial expenses of the deceased.

The cause of the crash was still unknown. (Reuters)

 


Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after cross-border shots: army

Updated 19 April 2019
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Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after cross-border shots: army

JERUSALEM: Israel on Friday struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip with tank and aircraft fire after shots were fired at troops on the Israeli side of the border, the army said.
“No injuries to soldiers were reported,” it said in a statement.
Palestinian security sources in Hamas-ruled Gaza told AFP that the Israeli fire hit Hamas military observation posts at three locations along the frontier.
They said there were no reports of Palestinian casualties.
Palestinians in Gaza have for more than a year gathered at least weekly along the border for often-violent protests, calling on Israel to end its blockade of the enclave.
The Israeli statement did not say if there were mass protests taking place at the time of Friday’s incident.
At least 264 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests began.
The majority were killed during clashes, with others hit by tank fire or air strikes.
Two Israeli soldiers have been killed over the same period.