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Qatar Official Says 'About 400' Migrant Workers Have Died In World Cup Projects

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Qatar Official Says 'About 400' Migrant Workers Have Died In World Cup Projects

Qatar Official Says 'About 400' Migrant Workers Have Died In World Cup Projects

Qatar Official Says , 'About 400' Migrant Workers , Have Died In World Cup Projects.

According to World Cup chief Hassan Al-Thawadi, between 400 and 500 migrant workers have died working on projects related to the tournament.

According to World Cup chief Hassan Al-Thawadi, between 400 and 500 migrant workers have died working on projects related to the tournament.

CNN reports that figure is much higher than Qatari officials have cited in the past.

In a TalkTV interview that aired on November 28, Al-Thawadi said, , “I don’t have the exact number, that’s something that’s been discussed.".

In a TalkTV interview that aired on November 28, Al-Thawadi said, , “I don’t have the exact number, that’s something that’s been discussed.".

One death is too many, it’s as simple as that.

I think every year the health and safety standards on the sites are improving, at least on our sites, the World Cup sites, the ones that we’re responsible for, most definitely, Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, via CNN.

One death is too many, it’s as simple as that.

I think every year the health and safety standards on the sites are improving, at least on our sites, the World Cup sites, the ones that we’re responsible for, most definitely, Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, via CNN.

Earlier in November, a government official reportedly told CNN that there had been three work-related deaths on World Cup stadiums and 37 non-work related deaths.

On November 29, these significantly lower figures were reiterated by a spokesperson for Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).

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Last year, 'The Guardian' reported that 6,500 South Asian migrant workers had died in Qatar since the country began preparing for the World Cup in 2010.

At the time, Al-Thawadi refuted the report, calling it a "sensational headline" which lacked context and was misleading.

At the time, Al-Thawadi refuted the report, calling it a "sensational headline" which lacked context and was misleading.

CNN reports that Qatar has built seven new stadiums and numerous hotels, while also expanding the country's airport, rail system and highways ahead of the World Cup.


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