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Three people gored on first day of Spanish bull-running festival

Updated : 2019-07-08 10:55:44

Three people were gored and a further two people suffered head trauma during the first day of Spain's best-known bull-running festival in the northern town of Pamplona on Sunday, the Red Cross said. One man was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher shortly after the dash through the medieval town centre's narrow streets to the bullring, which lasted two minutes and 41 seconds. Thousands of runners, dressed head to toe in white, with bright-red neckerchiefs, gather every year for the traditional morning run, after which the animals are kept in the bullring until the afternoon's fights. A total 53 people were treated by the Red Cross. Runners often get injured at traditional bull-runs in Spain, but no one has died at Pamplona's San Fermin festival since Spaniard Daniel Jimeno was gored in the neck by a Jandilla bull in 2009. This year, the bulls were from cattle breeder Puerto de San Lorenzo, whose bulls have been responsible for one goring in the past. One person was gored on the opening day of the festival last year. Locals and tourists alike will join in the 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) run every morning until next Sunday. The festival regularly stokes debate about the treatment of animals. On Friday, protesters lay half-naked on the street with fake spears coming out of their backs to protest against what they see as cruelty.

Children play with Fire Bulls, men carrying bulls figures packed with fireworks, during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Children play with Fire Bulls, men carrying bulls figures packed with fireworks, during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Revellers run next to the Fire Bull, a man carrying a bull figure packed with fireworks, during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Revellers run next to the Fire Bull, a man carrying a bull figure packed with fireworks, during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Revellers sprint during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Revellers sprint during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Revellers sprint in front of steers during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Revellers sprint in front of steers during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
An injured reveller is helped by medical staff during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
An injured reveller is helped by medical staff during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Revellers sprint in front of bulls and steers during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera
Revellers sprint in front of bulls and steers during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera
Revellers attempt to dodge a bull during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Revellers attempt to dodge a bull during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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