We continue our round up of the local news from Fethiye, Muğla and surrounding area.

Paragliding Brothers Lucky Escapes

Two brothers from Iran who took part in the Ölüdeniz Air Games, both had lucky escapes.

On the final day of the Games, 44-year-old Kourosh Bagheri lost control of his parachute and fell into the sea, without injury.

The next day, Monday, his older brother, 52-year-old Said, decided to nip up Babadağ for one last jump before they returned home.

Said took off and almost at once lost control and fell into the forest.

He was rescued by other pilots from the trees in which he was caught, and taken to the State Hospital, where he was pronounced fine apart from cuts and bruises.

Gaza-Saga

Fethiye featured in international headlines last week when on Wednesday two boats carrying around 27 ‘pro-palestinian activists’, including an ex Ireland international rugby player, left the harbour on their way to break the Gaza blockade.

It was short story though as both boats were intercepted on Friday evening by the Israeli navy and the occupants held in jail overnight pending deportation.

Rustlers Rumbled

As Kurban Bayram crept nearer last week a spate of sheep and goat thefts was recorded across the province of Muğla.

Most intriguing was a flock of sheep, 213 in total, that was ‘stolen’ just outside the city of Muğla.

The flock was later recovered and a man arrested, but two of the sheep were missing and have not yet been found.

Maybe the accused did an early sacrifice?

Few Vacancies Over Holiday Period

And the regional head of the Hoteliers’ Association announced that his members were ready for the Bayram and confident it would be a fitting finale to a good 2011 season.

He told press that the large resorts across the province were 90% full with advanced bookings whilst smaller, 3 and 4 star hotels, had 70 – 80% of rooms reserved.

‘Iyi Bayramlar’.

Kurban Bayram Safety Highlighted

If you want to actually see animals being sacrificed there are two places to go: the abattoir at Çatalarık for cows; Tuesday Market Place for sheep and goats.

People used to sacrifice animals in their gardens (or even on the street), but for the past few years this has been changed in favour of ‘safe, hygienic’ and regulated killing.

In fact you even have to pay to kill your animal at the two venues stated: 100TL for a cow in Çatalarık and 25TL for a sheep or goat downtown.

The authorities say the fees go towards the wages of the professionals on hand to ensure the killing is ‘safe and hygienic’.

Watch this space next week for the annual figures on knife wounds in local A & E departments.

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