Tripoli, 24 January 2013:
The flow of casualties, largely children, from mishandling fireworks during the Mawlid celebrations continued to grow last night, . . .[restrict]with a further 262 people being treated in Tripoli’s hospitals, some for extremely severe injuries.
By early yesterday, Wednesday, the casualty list had reached around 120, with some victims having to have fingers or a hand amputated. By early morning today, according to the spokesman of the security forces’ capital operations room, Khalid Tamazina, the total of those burnt or injured in blasts was reported to have reached 382 — mostly children — and the fireworks could still be heard detonating all over the city through the day into the night.
Of the most serious cases, far the 68 people are being treated at the Eye Hospital, 165 casualties are in the burns unit at Shara Zawia, 23 at Tripoli Central Medical Hospital and three in Mitiga Hospital. In addition 123, mostly less serious injuries have been treated at the Abu Sleem Accident Hospital.
Meanwhile in Misrata, the hospital has dealt with 33 case of fireworks injuries over the Mawlid period, again mostly children and mostly burns to the face. [/restrict]