Terrifying moment a crowd surges towards Doha metro station

Terrifying moment a crowd surges towards Doha metro station forcing Qatari police to shut doors for an hour as thousands attempted to reach World Cup final venue

  • People are pushing towards the doors of the metro station and fan zone today
  • Security guards can be seen on video trying to keep people behind the barriers
  • Pram is passed over fans’ heads towards doors as parents cling to their children

A video shows the terrifying moment a crowd surges towards Doha metro station forcing Quatari police to shut doors for an hour as thousands of people attempted to reach the fan zone.

The video shows the security personell standing by helplessly as the crowd tries to push past into the Msheireb station, a busy interchange where three metro lines meet.

People are shouting as the guards with helmets on try to keep them from entering the station. 

Men in blue security jackets hold back the masses of fans and a pram is passed over people’s heads in direction of the doors, as others cling to their children to not lose them in the chaos. 

The video shows the security personell standing by helplessly as the crowd tries to push past into the Msheireb station, a busy interchange where three metro lines meet

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

Witnesses said the station security could not cope with the sudden crowds.

Station staff tried to restrict people entering with crowd barriers but groups broke through causing the surge inside, witnesses said. 

The doors were then reportedly ordered closed.

Men in blue security jackets hold back the masses of fans and a pram is passed over people’s heads in direction of the doors, as others cling to their children to not lose them in the chaos

People are shouting as the guards with helmets on try to keep them from entering the station

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

Witnesses said the station security could not cope with the sudden crowds

Station staff tried to restrict people entering with crowd barriers but groups broke through causing the surge inside, witnesses said

The doors were then reportedly ordered closed

‘There were just suddenly hundreds of people trying to get down the steps to the platforms. It was scary but I did not see anyone hurt,’ said Fatima Ismael, who came out with her two children as hundreds grouped around entrance doors.

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

Thousands of people wore Argentina shirts for the day.

The station re-opened an hour later and although it was crowded, passengers were moving towards their trains, an AFP reporter said.

Traffic jams built up around Doha and big crowds were also reported around the 88,000 capacity Lusail stadium where the final was to start at 6.00pm (1500 GMT).

‘There were just suddenly hundreds of people trying to get down the steps to the platforms. It was scary but I did not see anyone hurt,’ said Fatima Ismael, who came out with her two children as hundreds grouped around entrance doors.

Thousands of people wore Argentina shirts for the day

The station re-opened an hour later and although it was crowded, passengers were moving towards their trains, an AFP reporter said

Traffic jams built up around Doha and big crowds were also reported around the 88,000 capacity Lusail stadium where the final was to start at 6.00pm (3pm UK time)

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