Al­co­hol poi­son­ing kills three in south­ern Iran, 48 hos­pi­tal­ized

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s semiof­fi­cial ISNA news agency is re­port­ing that al­co­hol poi­son­ing has killed three and left more than 40 peo­ple hos­pi­tal­ized in south­ern Iran.

The re­port quoted a ju­di­ciary of­fi­cial in Ker­man prov­ince, Yadol­lah Mo­va­hed, as say­ing “48 peo­ple are hos­pi­tal­ized, three of them are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and 30 of them are un­der­go­ing dial­y­sis.’’

He also said that author­i­ties are try­ing to iden­tify and ar­rest the dis­trib­u­tors of the al­co­holic bev­er­age in Sir­jan County in south­ern Ker­man prov­ince.

Drink­ing al­co­hol is il­le­gal and con­sid­ered sin­ful un­der Is­lamic law in Iran. How­ever, homemade brews tend to be avail­able cheaply on the black mar­ket.

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