Death toll of illicit alcohol rises in northwestern Turkey



The death toll from contraband alcohol has risen to 12 in the northwest province of Çorlu district in Tekirdağ, while seven people are still being treated in an intensive care unit for alcohol poisoning.

Two other men, named Vedat Bektaş and Ahmet Ataman, died on July 5 of alcohol poisoning in Çorlu, an industrial town that has been hit by a series of deaths linked to contraband alcohol.

The first death was reported last week and the victim has been identified as Ikhlague Hussam, a Pakistani national. He was found unconscious on a street on June 24 and taken to hospital, but lost his life due to illegal alcohol consumption.

Following the incident, at least 25 people were hospitalized for consuming contraband alcohol. Seven people still remain in intensive care units, two of whom remain intubated, while others are discharged from hospital after treatment.

A police investigation found that all of the victims purchased contraband alcohol from the same vendor.

Six people were arrested in connection with the contraband alcohol, including the supplier who claimed to have smuggled the drinks into the country from Bulgaria.

At least 100 people in 14 provinces died of alcohol poisoning within 80 days last year.

The astronomical rise in the prices of alcoholic beverages has encouraged fraudsters and led people to indeterminate liquids produced in illegal laboratories.

Methyl alcohol, which is very deadly if consumed, is sold in these illegal labs as ethyl alcohol, which is needed to make alcoholic beverages.



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