23 Muslims were crushed to death in stampede during Ramadan charity hand-out

Dailymail – 23 Muslims were crushed to death in stampede during Ramadan charity hand-out

At least 23 Muslims were killed in a stampede in Indonesia today as they crowded an alley to receive a cash handout for the holy month of Ramadan. The victims, who are believed to all be women, were among thousands who packed a narrow sidestreet to receive a cash gift worth just £2.36 each from a rich family.

Fearing they would be too late to receive any money, those at the back of the crowd surged forwards and pushed each other over, police said.

…Many families are tightening their belts this Ramadan, with inflation running at above 10 per cent after a 30 per cent hike in subsidised fuel prices in May. Indonesia is the biggest economy in south-east Asia but more than 30 per cent of its 234million people earn less than two dollars a day, and unemployment is around 8.5 per cent.

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