At least eight die in southern Iran after drinking smuggled alcohol

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 home-made alcohol in Bandar Abbas,” the provincial capital, said medical college spokeswoman Fatemeh Norouzian.

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

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

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

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

“During a search of the suspects’ houses, the police discovered 1,278 liters of alcohol,” Bandar Abbas police chief Teymour Dolatyari was quoted as saying 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 the rumor that drinking it would help kill the virus.

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