A hospital in Southern Norway has begun carrying out ritual circumcisions for Muslim or Jewish parents for the first time since the country's government brought in a new circumcision law last year.

A newborn baby had his foreskin surgically removed on Monday under local anaesthetic, while his Muslim parents waited outside the operating room.

"They were very happy," Ole Tysland, head of surgery at Sørlandet Hospital in Kristiansand, said of the couple. "Most people are glad that we now have the possibility to do this in the hospital."

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