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Health - Misinformation

No Deaths due to Recent Food Poisoning Incident in Rural Idlib

  Tuesday 12th May 2020

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Social media users and news pages claimed one child died and 55 other people were rushed to hospitals due to food poisoning in rural Idlib.

Facebook page @chok.gozaal posted Tuesday, May 12, a photo of a child captioned, “A child died in the Deir al-Hassan camp and 55 others got food poisoning in the Reayat al-Toufoula (Childhood Care) camp after getting meals provided by the Al-Sham Al-Shareef organization.”

Another page named “Syrian Documentation Center” said Monday a child had died due to food poisoning in the Deir al-Hassan camp and 10 others are in critical situations.

No Deaths

Dozens of IDPs at the Reayat al-Toufoula camp got food poisoning after having Iftar meals provided by a relief organization operating in rural Idlib. Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.

According to Verify-Sy’s reporter in the area, the medical team of the Syrian Civil Defense, aka The White Helmets, had rushed the poisoned people to three hospitals in Atmeh, al-Dana, and Sarmada of rural Idlib, where medical care was provided and the patients were discharged after recovery.

The director of The White Helmets, Mustafa Haj Youssef, confirmed this information in a statement to Verify-Sy. He pointed out that they had documented 70 non-critical cases of poisoning, all of whom were admitted to hospitals and medical points in Atmeh, Bab al-Hawa, and al-Dana.

The White Helmets said yesterday 70 civilians, including 31 children and 21 women, were poisoned at the Reayat al-Toufoula camp, the Deir Hassan camps, rural idlib. The incident occurred due to providing Iftar meals that caused the food poisoning on Monday May 11, 2020, The White Helmets reported.