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Bootleg alcohol kills 22 people in Istanbul

At least 22 people died in Istanbul, and 16 were hospitalized in severe condition after drinking bootleg alcohol, according to the local governor’s office.

Deaths occurred on Friday as authorities tightened crackdowns on counterfeit beverages across Turkey prior to the New Year’s celebration.

The Istanbul Governor’s Office said in a statement that 11 of the dead and 5 of the sick were foreigners. It did not elaborate or provide details on the nationality of the victim.

Four suspects were arrested in connection with the death, according to a statement.

On Thursday, the state-run Anadolu Agency said 26 people had died from methanol alcoholism in the last four days in nine Turkish states, including Istanbul.

Authorities have launched nationwide efforts to crack down on the production of pirated alcohol, attacking about 300 locations and seizing thousands of liters of counterfeit alcohol, the report said. At least 85 suspects were detained.

Bootleg alcohol deaths are not uncommon in Turkey, where liquor prices continue to rise, buying cheaper drinks and turning to homemade liquor.

Rising inflation and government taxes and regulations on alcohol consumption have pushed alcohol prices to record highs.

Bootleg alcohol kills 22 people in Istanbul

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