Terrifying moment, a crowd pours towards Doha metro station


A video shows the terrifying moment when a crowd pours into Doha metro station, forcing the Quatari police to close the doors for an hour as thousands of people tried to reach the fan zone.

The video shows security personnel watching helplessly as the crowd tries to force its way into Msheireb station, a busy interchange where three subway lines converge.

People scream as the helmeted guards try to stop them from entering the station.

Men in blue safety vests hold back the crowds of fans and a pram is pushed over people’s heads towards the doors, while others cling to their children so as not to lose them in the chaos.

The video shows security personnel watching helplessly as the crowd tries to force their way into Msheireb station, a busy interchange where three subway lines converge

The video shows thousands around the station, as well as a man in blue and yellow vests waving their arms away from the location and pointing in the opposite direction.

Witnesses said station security could not handle the sudden rush.

Station personnel tried to contain people entering with crush barriers, but groups broke through and caused a surge inside, witnesses said.

The doors were then reportedly ordered closed.

Men in blue safety jackets hold back the crowds of fans and a pram is passed over people's heads towards the doors, while others cling to their children so as not to lose them in the chaos

Men in blue safety jackets hold back the crowds of fans and a pram is passed over people’s heads towards the doors, while others cling to their children so as not to lose them in the chaos

People scream as the helmeted guards try to stop them from entering the station

People scream as the helmeted guards try to stop them from entering the station

The video shows thousands around the station, as well as a man in blue and yellow vests waving their arms away from the location and pointing in the opposite direction

The video shows thousands around the station, as well as a man in blue and yellow vests waving their arms away from the location and pointing in the opposite direction

Witnesses said station security could not handle the sudden rush

Witnesses said station security could not handle the sudden rush

Station staff tried to contain people entering with crush barriers, but groups broke through and caused a surge inside, witnesses said

Station staff tried to contain people entering with crush barriers, but groups broke through and caused a surge inside, witnesses said

The doors were then reportedly ordered closed

The doors were then reportedly ordered closed

“Suddenly there were hundreds of people trying to get down the stairs to the platforms. It was scary, but I didn’t see anyone get hurt,” said Fatima Ismael, who came out with her two children as hundreds gathered around the entrance doors.

Many of the crowds were fans trying to get trains into fan zones with giant screens set up for the game between Argentina and France.

Thousands of people wore Argentina shirts for the day.

The station reopened an hour later and although it was busy, passengers were walking towards their trains, an AFP reporter said.

Traffic congestion erupted around Doha and large crowds were also reported around the 88,000 capacity Lusail Stadium, where the final was scheduled to kick off at 18:00 (1500 GMT).

“Suddenly there were hundreds of people trying to get down the stairs to the platforms.  It was scary, but I didn't see anyone get hurt,

“Suddenly there were hundreds of people trying to get down the stairs to the platforms. It was scary, but I didn’t see anyone get hurt,” said Fatima Ismael, who came out with her two children as hundreds gathered around the entrance doors.

Thousands of people wore Argentina shirts for the day

Thousands of people wore Argentina shirts for the day

The station reopened an hour later and although it was busy, passengers were walking towards their trains, an AFP reporter said

The station reopened an hour later and although it was busy, passengers were walking towards their trains, an AFP reporter said

Traffic congestion developed around Doha and large crowds were also reported around the 88,000 capacity Lusail Stadium, where the final was due to start at 6pm (3pm UK time).

Traffic congestion developed around Doha and large crowds were also reported around the 88,000 capacity Lusail Stadium, where the final was due to start at 6pm (3pm UK time).

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