TUNIS, Tunisia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Seven people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede on Monday, April 30th, during an open air concert at Tunisia’s Sidi Mansour theatre in a suburb of Sfax.
The concert featured contestants in the “Star Academy Lebanon” TV singing competition, similar to “American Idol,” which is highly popular among Arab youth.
The stampede broke out when Tunisian singer Marwa began to sing her final song and the crowd of 8,000 teenagers surged forward, trampling people underfoot, according to Reuters.
“The number of dead has risen to seven and there are 32 people injured,” Brahim Bouchrit, director of the Habib Bourgiba hospital told the news service.
Another “Star Academy Lebanon” concert planned in the city of Bizerte next Saturday was cancelled because of the incident. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers