At least eight die in southern Iran after drinking bootleg alcohol

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At least eight people have died in southern Iran after drinking toxic homemade alcohol, a medical official in Hormozgan province has said.

“Eight people have died after drinking adulterated homemade alcohol in Bandar Abbas,” the provincial capital, said medical faculty spokesperson Fatemeh Norouzian.

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The total number of people poisoned in the city had reached 59, she said on Monday, quoted by state news agency IRNA.

Drinking and selling alcohol is mostly illegal in Iran, where the media frequently reports deaths due to bootlegged liquor.

In Bandar Abbas, “30 people are undergoing dialysis and 17 others are in critical condition in intensive care,” Norouzian added.

City police on Monday announced the arrest of eight people accused of illegally distributing alcohol.

“During a search of the suspects’ homes, police discovered 1,278 liters of alcohol,” Bandar Abbas police chief Teymour Dolatyari said, quoted by the Mehr news agency.

In March 2020, at the start of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran, more than 44 people died of alcohol poisoning as a result of a rumor that drinking it would help kill the virus.

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