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Litter can kill in Kuwait City.

When Iraqi troops fled the city, many hastily left their weapons and ammunition behind.Children and adults alike now stroll past grenades and mortar shells haphazardly dumped along the roadside.

Clips of ammunition for Soviet-made AK-47 assault rifles and loose bullets don't even raise an eyebrow.

On the outskirts of town, rounds for recoiless rifles and cannon shells are still lying around.

Dozens of Kuwaitis are injured daily by exploding ordnance. Several people have been killed, although the government cannot provide an exact number.

Maher Fathellah sat atop an examining table at Ibn Cina Hospital, still in pain and bewildered.

Earlier in the day, the 8-year-old boy had been playing in trash near his home.

"Something exploded and went in here," said Dr. Gerald Flint, pointing to a half-inch cut just above the boy's right eye.

But Maher was lucky. The sliver of shrapnal that hit him caused no serious damage.

"OK, all right, God bless," Flint said as the youngster walked from the room. Other children have not been so lucky. Last week a young boy scavenging on the beach lost a hand and suffered severe shrapnel injuries when a grenade exploded in his hand.

Flint, a California physician who is working as a volunteer in Kuwait, estimates that he has treated 80 to 100 civilians for such injuries over a four- to five-day period.

Allied ordnance experts are working to clean up dangerous munitions but face a formidable task.

"I don't know what they took with them," one U.S. Army sergeant said. "You name it, they left it behind."

Kuwait City's beach areas are perhaps the most dangerous. There, in anticipation of an amphibious assault, Iraqi troops dug trenches and stocked up on ammunition. The beach also was mined.

The government has broadcast radio messages warning citizens not to walk on the beach.

Allied troops also are in jeopardy. U.S. soldiers, for example have been killed and wounded while collecting souvenirs.

"GIs will pick up anything," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jeffrey Greenhut. "And there's a lot out there that can kill you."

Another danger are falling bullets from nightly victory celebrations.

Soldiers and civilians who have picked up abandoned Iraqi weapons fire everything from automatic rifles to anti-aircraft cannon into the air.

Hospitals report several deaths from falling bullets.