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    Iran: 10 killed, hundreds injured in fire festival

    At least 10 people were killed and hundreds injured in separate accidents during an annual fire festival in Iran, state television reported Wednesday.

    Although the state broadcaster reported the deaths Wednesday, media outlets such as the semi-official ISNA said the deaths had occurred over several weeks. Many of the deaths and injuries occurred during the manufacture and preparation of firecrackers, the reports said.

    Officials attributed the accidents to failure to comply with safety measures.

    The annual festival begins on Tuesday ahead of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, which this year will be celebrated on Saturday. The ritual dates back to at least 1700 BC and is linked to Zoroastrianism, which was the predominant region of the country before Islam.

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    According to tradition, people light bonfires and firecrackers and let paper lanterns fly. Many use powerful, low-quality pyrotechnics.

    More than 200 of the nearly 1,900 injured were hospitalized, according to reports. Several ambulances and rescue cars were damaged Tuesday, and police detained dozens of people for disturbing law and order, they said.

    Nearly half of the injured were under 16 and the rest under 33, the media added.

    Last year four people were killed in activities associated with the festival. Many people stayed home because of the pandemic, which has hit Iran harder than any other country in the Middle East. Some 1.76 million cases have been confirmed so far, with more than 61,000 deaths.

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    Alex Dawit
    Alex Dawit
    Alex Dawit is Journalist of the Awutar. He had completed his graduation in Journalism and Communication, Pakistan. He is passionate about News, Blogging & Research Writing. You can contact him via: [email protected]

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