By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 13 January 2014:
The number of people injured by fireworks in Tripoli during last night’s Mawlid celebrations has . . .[restrict]now been put at 640.
Tripoli Central Hospital said it received over 200 cases of varying severity and Abu Saleem hospital said more than 240 patients were admitted, according to Libyan news agency LANA.
A specialist burns unit in Tripoli received 234 people – mainly children and young people – with fireworks-related injuries. Of these, 45 underwent finger amputations.
Most cases were injuries to the hands and body. The eye hospital in Tripoli’s Zawiat Dahmani area received 21 people suffering from serious eye injuries, all of whom needed emergency surgery.
Many of these injuries were the result of careless and inappropriate use of fireworks, medical sources told LANA. [/restrict]