Mosul displaced hit by food poisoning

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By Catherine Hardy  with APTN
Mosul displaced hit by food poisoning

Hundreds of people are being treated by health workers after an outbreak of suspected food poisoning in a camp for displaced people in Iraq.

What happened?

Lawmaker Zahed Khatoun, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s committee for displaced people, says sickness, mainly vomiting and fainting, broke out after the iftar meal which breaks the Ramadan fast.

Many were taken to hospital on Monday evening.

Where is the camp?

The al-Khazer camp is on the road linking Mosul and Erbil.

It houses people displaced by an offensive to dislodge ISIL fighters from Mosul.

What is happening in Mosul?

Heavy fighting is continuing in the west of the city.

Iraqi forces, backed by a US-led coalition, launched an offensive last October to retake it from ISIL.

1,000 militants remain under siege in the city, along with an estimated 100,000 civilians.