Seven Youths Hurt as Horse Runs Rampant Through Acre Streets

Animal broke free as teenage owner attempted to hitch it to cart, then galloped down main road of northern city.

Seven youths were injured in various conditions on Monday after a horse broke free from its owner and galloped down a main road near the old city of Acre.

Two of the youths, aged 14 and 12, sustained head injuries while the rest - ranging in age from 10 to 14 - were lightly hurt.

The 17-year-old owner of the horse was tracked down by police and arrested for negligent handling of his animal.

Ambulances arrived on the scene shorly after learning of the incident, said a paramedic from the Magen David Adom rescue service. Paramedics provided care for the injured at the scene of the incident, and then evacuated them to a hospital in Nahariya.

Acre Police Chief Avi Edery said that the horse had fled while its owner tried to hitch it to his cart. The animal then galloped down a main road of the old city, injuring seven childryoung tourists.

Acre has seen some tens of thousands of visitors since the beginning of the weekend, many who came to celebrate the Jewish New Year and the Muslim holiday Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Young visitors riding around in horse-drawn carriages - which are operated without supervision- are a common sight in the streets of Acre, especially around the holidays.