At least two people are dead while about a hundred others are sick as a result of mass food poisoning at a camp for displaced people near the Northern city of Mosul, report Iraq health minister today. As a result of previous meal in the evening at the Hassan Sham U2 camp, which is 20 kilometers east of Mosul, 753 people took ill. This was reported to Association Press in Baghdad by the Minister, Adila Hamoud.
During this Holy month of Ramadan, a non- governmental organization provided the food (iftar), a meal which the Muslims use to break their fast , and it was reported by Hamoud that this meal has led to the death of a woman and a girl while at least 300 people are in a critical condition in the hospital. Hamoud can’t say if the poisoning is intentional or not.
Raad al-Dahlaki, a law maker who heads the parliament’s immigration and displacement committee said a formal investigation has been launched into the incident by authorities. He visited the camp overnight, and he reported that the meal contained rice, a beans sauce, meat, yoghurt and water, which has made 850 people sick.
According to the U.N. refugee agency, the camp houses 6,235 individuals, who have fled their homes in and around Mosul, as a result of the U.S.-backed Iraqi offensive, which was launched to dislodge the Islamic State group from the city last October.