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Hundreds get food poisoning in Iraqi displaced camp

An evacuee carries a container containing bread as she walks with her daughter inside a refugee camp for people who fled from Mosul due to fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Erbil

Hundreds fell ill from food poisoning in a camp for displaced people east of the Iraqi city of Mosul on Monday evening, and were rushed to nearby hospitals, Iraqi officials said.

People started vomiting and some fainted after eating an iftar meal, breaking the Muslim Ramadan fast, said lawmaker Zahed Khatoun, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s committee for displaced people.

The camp in al-Khazer on the road linking Mosul and Erbil houses people displaced by an offensive to dislodge Islamic State fighters from Mosul.

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