At least two people have been killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a stadium in Basra, southern Iraq, ahead of the Persian Gulf Cup final.

Iran PressMiddle East: The deadly incident happened as spectators gathered to attend the final match in the first international soccer tournament held in the country in four decades. The Iraqi News Agency said some of the 60 people who were injured outside the Basra International Stadium are in critical condition.

The final match in the eight-nation of Arab states on one side of Persian Gulf is scheduled to be held today on Thursday between Iraq and Oman.

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The tournament faced several incidents, including chaos inside the VIP section during which a Kuwaiti prince was not able to attend the opening match earlier this month. 

 The tournament started on Jan. 6, with teams from the six Persian Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates , as well as Yemen and Iraq. It’s the first time since 1979 that Iraq has hosted the tournament.


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