Baghdad: A mass food poisoning at a camp for displaced Iraqi civilians outside Mosul has left at least two dead and hundreds requiring urgent treatment, the UN and Iraqi officials said Tuesday.
“There are 752 cases of food poisoning and two deaths, a woman and a child” at the Hasansham camp after a meal on Monday night, health ministry spokesman Seif al Badr said.
UN migration agency spokesman Joel Millman confirmed those details to reporters in Geneva, while adding that 312 people had been hospitalised.
The food they ate was part of the iftar meal, which breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast during Ramadhan.
The meal included rice, yogurt, chicken and soup and had been purchased from an area restaurant by a Qatar-based civil society group reportedly working to help displaced people in the region, said Millman of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Badr and UN officials said there would be further investigations.
The outbreak occurred at Hasansham, one of the many camps dotting the region around Mosul, where Iraqi forces are battling the IS group.
More than 800,000 people have been forced to flee their homes since a massive operation against the fighters in one of their last strongholds in Iraq was launched in October 2016.