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Man killed trying to butcher cow for Eid al-Adha in Palestine


A Pakistani vendor sharpens knives at a stall ahead of the Muslim sacrificial festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on October 25, 2012.



A Palestinian man died and a Pakistani boy injured as panicked animals attempted to flee slaughter during Eid celebrations around the world.

According to health officials in Palestine, about 150 people reported injuries, The Associated Press said.

Muslims slaughter cows, sheep and goats every year on Eid al-Adha.

The four-day “Festival of the Sacrifice” began on Friday.

It marks the story that says God rewarded the Prophet Ibrahim, who was willing to slaughter his first-born son.

God spared Ishmael’s life, and instead gave Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians and Jews) a ram to slaughter.

Families often save all year to buy an animal for slaughter, and often they injure themselves trying to butcher it themselves, the AP said.

In the Gaza Strip, 150 arrived at hospital with knife and other injuries from animals frightened by the ritual, according to the AP.

A 12-year-old boy couldn’t escape a charging bull in Peshawar, Pakistan today.

He wasn’t seriously injured as the animal charged a crowd in a sports field, The Daily Mail reported, although the bull also hurt two others.

In Karachi, a cow that broke loose also injured another young boy.

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