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Food poisoning affects 72 people in camp in Idlib countryside

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2020/07/06 11:07

Idlib - SMART

On Monday, food poisoning affected 72 people in the al-Rayyan camp near the city of Idlib, Northern Syria.

The director of al-Rayyan camp, Hamid al-Abdullah, reported to SMART that 72 civilians suffering from food poisoning were transferred to the at Rahman Hospital in the village of Haranabush (16 kilometers north of Idlib) and other nearby hospitals.

Civil Defense media director in Idlib, Ahmad Sheikho, reported to SMART that food poisoning affected 72 civilians, including 30 children and 26 women, after having expired sell-by-date meals.

Doctor Fadi al-Hallaq, who works at the Rahman Hospital, said that about 54 cases suffering from vomiting and dehydration arrived at the hospital on Monday morning. Dr. al-Hallaq suspected that the poisoning happened after the people ate meals of rice and chicken, amidst high temperatures.

Al-Hallaq noted that poisoning cases included children, women and the elderly people.

Earlier, food poisoning affected 70 displaced people in the Reayat al-Tofoulah (Childcare) camp in the village of Deir Hassan, 40 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Displaced people in Northern Syria suffer from poor humanitarian conditions, including the lack of services, amidst appeals to humanitarian organizations and local councils to ease the suffering of these people, providing needed vaccines and medicine, in addition to heating devices. During winter, the suffering of displaced people increases, as earlier, rainstorms destroyed tents in several camps.