Cow facing slaughter kills Eid celebrant

Palestinians watch a butcher slaughter a cow on the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha in Gaza City, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, one of biggest Muslim holidays, to commemorate the prophet Abraham's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Hatem Moussa

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip A Gaza health official says that a panicking cow has killed a Palestinian man who was trying to slaughter the beast during the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha.

Muslims around the world slaughter sheep, cows and goats during the four-day holiday to commemorate the sacrifice by their forefather Abraham. But accidents are common as people frequently buy animals to slaughter at home instead of relying on professional butchers.

Official Ashraf al-Kidra said Saturday that another 150 more people were hospitalized in Gaza with knife wounds or other injuries caused by animals attacking butchers or bystanders.

In Gaza, impoverished families scrimp all year to pay for part of a sheep or cow. Many also distribute the meat to even poorer families, giving the celebration a sense of communal solidarity.