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Mabrouk: It’s A Wedding!

It’s customary to celebrate Arab weddings with gunfire.

 

You might reasonably wonder (well at least I did): Do people ever get hurt at these friendly little celebrations?

It was just a shot in the dark, but I looked for statistics on people killed at Arab weddings and found the following in the Notable Incidents section of the Wikipedia page on Celebratory Gunfire:

  • April 6, 2014: A 20-year old pregnant mother of two, Wadia Baidawi, was struck in the head and killed by a stray bullet from her neighbor’s wedding in Sidon, Lebanon.
  • October 30, 2012: Twenty-three people were electrocuted after celebratory gunfire brought down a power cable during a wedding party in eastern Saudi Arabia.
  • August 2012: A Kuwaiti bridegroom was killed when a friend of his accidentally shot him as he charged his gun to fire into the air in celebration.

I would have thought the numbers would be higher, but I guess I jumped the gun.

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Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 36 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between raising her 12 children and writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids a Guidestar gold medal charity.
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Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 36 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between raising her 12 children and writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids a Guidestar gold medal charity.
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