Poisoned alcohol death toll Rises to 79 on Tuesday, people have died over the past four days from drinking homemade alcohol, suspected of containing poisonous methanol.
Colonel Mahmoud al-Sharif, security chief in Tripoli, said authorities are searching for two people believed to be involved in making the poisonous drinks. He said authorities are looking into whether it was the methanol or bad fermentation that caused the large number of victims.
He said at least seven were found dead in their bed after consuming the bad liquor. The victims began to arrive to hospitals on March 7, he said. They included 10 women, he said.
Al-Sharif raised the death toll from the one earlier reported by the health minister Nouri Doghman, who said 60 people died.
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