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Iran: Over 700 dead after drinking alcohol to cure coronavirus
More than 700 people have died in Iran after ingesting toxic methanol, erroneously thinking it can cure the new coronavirus.

The national coroner's authority said that alcohol poisoning killed 728 Iranians between February 20 and April 7. Last year there were only 66 deaths from alcohol poisoning, according to the report.

Alcohol poisoning has seen a 10-fold increase in Iran in the past year, according to a government report released earlier in April, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Iranian health ministry spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour, said 5,011 people had been poisoned from methanol alcohol, adding that some 90 people have lost their eyesight or are suffering eye damage from the alcohol poisoning.

Hossein Hassanian, a health ministry adviser, said the final tally of people who lost their eyesight could be much higher.

Iran is facing the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East with 5,806 deaths and more than 91,000 confirmed cases.

 


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Further Escalating Tensions, Trump Administration Seizes Alleged Iranian Fuel Bound for Venezuela

 

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(Common Dreams) In an escalation of President Donald Trump's sanction regimes against Iran and Venezuela, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the U.S. has for the first time confiscated cargo from four ships that federal prosecutors allege were transporting 1.1 million barrels of Iranian gasoline to the South American country.

 

The seizure, confirmed Friday by the U.S. Justice Department, comes after federal prosecutors filed a civil-forfeiture complaint in July claiming that the sale was set up Mahmoud Madanipour, an Iranian businessman with supposed ties to his country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which last year the Trump administration designated a foreign terrorist organization.

 

"At the time, sanctions experts thought it would be impossible to enforce the U.S. court order in international waters," according to the Associated Press, which also reported on the seizure, citing a pair of unnamed American officials who agreed to discuss the development with the news agency only if granted anonymity.

 

A senior U.S. official told the Associated Press that no military force was used in the seizures and that the ships weren't physically confiscated. Rather, U.S. officials threatened ship owners, insurers, and captains with sanction to force them to hand over their cargo, which now becomes U.S. property, the official said.

 

...Challenging any suggestion that the seizure was a win for Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign targeting Tehran, Iran's ambassador to Venezuela, Hojad Soltani, tweeted in response to the Journal report Thursday that neither the ships nor their owners are Iranian—though he did not address whether the fuel came from his country.

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The U.S. government seized the cargo of four ships, including the Bella, the U.S. Justice Department confirmed Friday.

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Trump is a total idiot for unilaterally walking away from the Iran nuclear deal! :(







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