A few tourists began feeling ill shortly after crossing into Israel on their way to Masada. Nine were transferred by Magen David Adom in Israel (MDA) to Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat in moderate condition. Shortly after, the rest of the group was also taken to the hospital for further treatment.
Red Cross representatives awaited the tourists at Yoseftal, and contact was made with the Norwegian Red Cross as well.
A hospital spokesman reported that an additional emergency room was made available for the patients.
Two months ago, some 170 French pilgrims suffered from severe food poisoning while touring the north of Israel. They were transferred in ambulances and buses to nearby hospitals.
Three more tourists were admitted to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba after apparently consuming spoiled food around the Dead Sea area. The Ministry of Health launched in an investigation.