By Maha Ellawati and Ayman Amzain
Benghazi, 24 August 2013:
A Friday lunch at a Benghazi boy scout camp ended in disaster when . . .[restrict]127 children and staff were rushed to hospitals in the city with suspected food poisoning. They had eaten couscous with meat followed by fruit. Though most of the victims were later discharged, two scouts are still being treated in hospital.
The Benghazi scout commission reported that soon after the lunch, some of the scouts began vomiting. When some 30 had become affected, including the camp leader and senior colleagues, a state of emergency was declared and an operation begun to ferry the sick to hospitals.
The commission rejected angrily, rumours that 350 people had been struck down with the poisoning, pointing out on its Facebook page, that there had only been 341 people at the whole camp. [/restrict]