Some 1,153 people in Istanbul sustained injuries while killing animals on the first day of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, on July 31, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Eid al-Adha is a four-day celebration in which many Muslims sacrifice an animal and distribute its meat: one-third for the family, one-third for relatives and one-third for the poor.
Although authorities have provided special areas for professional butchers, some Turks choose to kill the sheep and cows themselves, which often triggers an avalanche of accidents.
According to Anadolu Agency, 1,153 people were treated on July 31 at Istanbul hospitals’ emergency units suffering from cuts.
Most of the injured have been already discharged from the hospital, whereas seven heavily injured people have been operated on.