Spain bull run sends 3 to hospital

Updated 10 July 2013
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Spain bull run sends 3 to hospital

PAMPLONA, Spain: Huge fighting bulls thundered into and knocked over daredevils on a breakneck bull run through the cobbled streets of Spain’s northern city of Pamplona on Wednesday that sent three men to hospital.
No one was gored but three Spaniards, aged 24, 27 and 32, suffered bruises in falls and were taken to hospital, regional health officials said.
Dozens of other runners were treated at the scene for scrapes and other more minor injuries.
The six half-ton bulls from the Victoriano del Rio ranch took just two minutes and 14 seconds to complete the 848.6-meter (928-yard) course from a holding pen to the city bull ring.
It was the fastest time of the four daily bull runs held so far this year at the nine-day San Fermin festival.
Hundreds of runners, most wearing traditional white clothing and red kerchiefs around their necks, tripped over each other or fell in the mad rush but avoided getting caught by the bulls’ horns.
“It was thrilling, unforgettable, amazing. I don’t think I have ever felt so exhilarated in my life. I am really glad I came and experienced this,” said 26-year-old law student Dale Carpenter from Columbus, Ohio, who included Pamplona on his tour of Europe so he could take part in the festival.
A huge black bull caught one runner between its horns and flung him to the ground.
Runners crammed together against the walls of buildings along the route as the herd raced by.
One man who fell as the animals approached lay on his side with his hands holding his head as the beasts charged by him. He then got up and ran to the side of the route.
A firework set off the race at 8 am, releasing the six bulls and six steers, castrated bulls that keep the herd together, through the narrow streets.
People clung to street lights and climbed on the double wooden fence lining the route to get a better view or watched from apartment balconies.
“I have seen it on television, but it is much more exciting to see it here,” said 56-year-old Madrid lawyer Nacho Calvo who watched the bull run from an apartment balcony with his wife and two daughters.
A large black bull tripped and fell just before the herd reached the bull ring and became separated from the pack as runners scrambled to get out of its way.
The bull was the last one to enter the arena. An isolated bull is more dangerous because it can become disoriented and more likely to charge.
Sixteen first aid posts are set up along the route — roughly one every 53 meters — each with its own ambulance to whisk the more seriously injured to hospital if needed.
In the late afternoon, the bulls face death in the bullring at the hands of matadors and their meat is served up in some of Pamplona’s best restaurants.
People from around the world flock to the city of 200,000 residents to test their bravery and enjoy the festival’s mix of round-the-clock parties, religious processions and concerts.
Fifteen people have been killed in the bull runs since records started in 1911.
The most recent death took place four years ago when a bull gored a 27-year-old Spaniard in the neck, heart and lungs.
The nine-day fiesta, which was immortalized in Nobel prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises,” lasts until July 14.


Sudan protests against Egyptian Ramadan TV series Abu Omar al-Masri 

A still image from the TV series Abu Omar al-Masri.
Updated 21 May 2018
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Sudan protests against Egyptian Ramadan TV series Abu Omar al-Masri 

  • The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said it had summoned the Egyptian ambassador to Khartoum to protest against the series, starring Egyptian actor Ahmad Ezz. 
  • Khartoum is angered by the idea that Egyptian militants would find refuge in Sudan.

CAIRO: Sudan is officially angered by a new Egyptian drama series ‘Abu Omar al-Masri’ and is calling for banning it on television channels during Ramadan.  

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said it had summoned the Egyptian ambassador to Khartoum to protest against the series, starring Egyptian actor Ahmad Ezz. 

The ministry said it had also filed a formal complaint with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry through its embassy in Cairo against the serial, which is based on a novel of the same name.

 

It accused the series of “fabricating and promoting a negative image” picturing Sudan as a state where Egyptian terrorist fugitives reside.

“Abu Amr Al-Masry shows that some Egyptians living in Sudan are involved in terrorism,” the Sudanese ministry said in a statement. “This is not true because there is no evidence against any Egyptian living in Sudan of being involved in terrorism.”

“The series sought to convince viewers that some areas of Sudan were the location of some scenes in the series, by using Sudanese car plate numbers, without obtaining the consent of Sudanese authorities,” the statement said.

The ministry said those Egyptians living in Sudan have come following a coordination between the authorities and security services of the two countries.

“This television serial is insulting Egyptians living in Sudan and destroying the confidence and relations between the people of the two countries,” the ministry said. “The ministry urges the Egyptian authorities to take suitable steps to stop these attempts at disturbing the interests and achievements of the two countries.”

Producers and cast of the television series replied in a press release that he events are fictional. 

"The series script was written based on the scriptwriter's imagination and does not contain scenes or hints against the Sudanese government or the Sudanese people,” the channel airing the drama said in statement quoted by Egypt Today. 

Diplomatic ties between Cairo and Khartoum have largely remained tense, particularly since last year after Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir accused Egyptian intelligence services of supporting opposition figures fighting his troops in the country’s conflict zones like Darfur.

Cairo accused Sudan of involvement in a 1995 assassination attempt by Egyptian militants against Egypt’s then-President Hosni Mubarak during a trip to Ethiopia. Sudan denied the allegations, and expelled bin Laden and other militants the following year.

Ties between the two were further strained after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Khartoum earlier this year.

Turkey and Egypt have had tense relations since the Egyptian military ousted President Muhammad Mursi in 2013, a close ally of Erdogan.

In recent months tension also rose between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over a controversial dam that Ethiopia is building along its share of the Nile. Cairo fears that once commissioned the dam will reduce water supplies from the Nile to Egypt. But on Wednesday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said that a “breakthrough” had been reached in talks with Sudan and Ethiopia over the dam.