A conspiracy theory appears… Iraqis doubt that a falafel restaurant caused hundreds of poisoning, so what is the story?

Activists had previously reported that a restaurant specialized in selling falafel in Maysan Governorate (southern Iraq) caused mass poisoning of dozens of its customers and the death of one of them. This prompted the Iraqi judiciary to issue an arrest warrant for the restaurant manager and 6 other defendants.

Iraqis – through their accounts on social media platforms – questioned the official story about why hundreds of people were poisoned after eating in a restaurant dedicated to selling falafel in the southern province of Maysan. They pointed out that the number of poisoned people increased dramatically and gradually, which calls into question the nature of the real cause.

Mustafa Saadoun, head of the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, said – via his Twitter account – “What is happening in Maysan has nothing to do with “falafel”. The water there and in all of Iraq is polluted, the soil, the air, and everything. Yes, our restaurants are not clean, but God is the one who protects us from its evil, but our real calamity is that it pollutes everything.

And human rights activist Muhammad al-Kindi wrote – via his Twitter account – asking, “Do you believe more than 500 citizens who ate falafel and were poisoned?” Al-Kindi added that “the media and the government are misleading the facts. Why don’t you say the pollution was caused by stagnant water that is not suitable for drinking, which reaches citizens’ homes and there is environmental pollution,” noting that the poisoning is not contagious “until it is transmitted to others.”

The media, Sajd al-Jubouri, commented – via her Twitter account – saying that the issue of poisoning more than 400 people in Maysan because of “falafel rolls” is illogical, and she wondered whether it is possible that poisoning cases increase daily despite the closure of the restaurant and that 400 people eat falafel sandwiches in the same restaurant on the same day. ?.

Journalist Omar Al-Mansoori wrote – via his Twitter account – sarcastically, “The epidemiological situation of the Covid virus, Falafel Restaurant, Maysan Governorate, amounted to 568 poisoning cases. I suggest we export the falafel epidemic and thus win a new reputation as an exporting country.”

The Health Department of Maysan Governorate (southern Iraq) said – during a press conference – that all patients with poisoning ate from one restaurant in the city of Al-Amarah, the provincial center, and the restaurant was closed as a precaution after taking samples to examine the food inside.
A medical source indicated that the number of injured reached 580 people and one death, stressing that there are committees distributed to all water stations and there is nothing worrying, and that the examination confirmed the presence of food poisoning, and the case turned into a criminal case.

Activists had previously reported that a restaurant specialized in selling falafel in Maysan Governorate (southern Iraq) caused mass poisoning of dozens of its customers and the death of one of them. This prompted the Iraqi judiciary to issue an arrest warrant for the restaurant manager and 6 other defendants.

Iraqis, through their accounts on social media, shared photos and videos showing the victims’ families attacking the “Thirsty” restaurant to sell falafel, and smashing the outer glass and the restaurant’s contents.

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Reference-www.aljazeera.net

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