Syrian lights self on fire in Beirut

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imageA Syrian man has sustained third degree burns after setting himself on fire at a main square in Beirut, the state-run National News Agency reported on Monday.

NNA said that Ahmed Mahmoud al-Youssef, 19, was taken to the Geitaoui hospital on Sunday night when he self-immolated by pouring gasoline over his body at Barbour square in Corniche al-Mazraa.

Medical examiner Kevork Kouyoumjian said al-Youssef remains in very serious condition in hospital.

Reports have said that the Syrian national had financial troubles and debts and was incapable of paying them.

Naharnet

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8 responses to “Syrian lights self on fire in Beirut”

  1. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    What a tragedy….. and more to come, I think that the Lebanese government should stop the influx of Syrian refugees, because we simply cannot afford having them. Our economy is in a disastreous situation the Lebanese themselves cannot find work and the promised aid from the UN and Arab nations is not coming as it should to attend to these refugees. Besides the crinimal acts are increasing in Lebanon because these people are “hungry” and helpless. Hariri on his own should be taking care of few thousands himself.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Yes .. when ‘the depression’ become too much, some make a decision that it isn’t worth it to try to continue. I knew one who succeeded – hanged himself. And do know one who was ‘saved’ when she cut her wrists … but now lives in no better circumstances than before, although she gets more attention from friends and we hope she will not try again. Life is a daily struggle.
      Self-immolation like this is a ‘statement’ and is public horror – but one wonders if anyone should try to ‘save’ those who do it … the pain and suffering will never go away when they ‘live’.
      Some never lose the guilt of needing ‘aid’ all the time – no matter how many ‘Hariri’s’ put into a pot to feed them. The best answer is to have jobs – something to do – to know they are trying. Those ‘clothing workers’ who just died in a collapsed sweatshop only made $65 a month … but they DID something FOR themselves and family, in that struggle for life, which is why there is also sorrow at the deaths as well as anger at the building constructions in places that care little for human life. THIS man (a youth at 19) in a place which seems to also care little, also had people harranging him for debts he felt no future ability to pay.
      What will he feel when he sees the hospital bill .. and what’s left of his face?

    2. women’s purses are being snatched left and right, My grandmother just came back she was warned by many people to watch for her purse and jewelry, Unlike ever before.

    3. 1 Corinthians 13:3
      And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

  2. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    What a tragedy….. and more to come, I think that the Lebanese government should stop the influx of Syrian refugees, because we simply cannot afford having them. Our economy is in a disastreous situation the Lebanese themselves cannot find work and the promised aid from the UN and Arab nations is not coming as it should to attend to these refugees. Besides the crinimal acts are increasing in Lebanon because these people are “hungry” and helpless. Hariri on his own should be taking care of few thousands himself.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Yes .. when ‘the depression’ become too much, some make a decision that it isn’t worth it to try to continue. I knew one who succeeded – hanged himself. And do know one who was ‘saved’ when she cut her wrists … but now lives in no better circumstances than before, although she gets more attention from friends and we hope she will not try again. Life is a daily struggle.
      Self-immolation like this is a ‘statement’ and is public horror – but one wonders if anyone should try to ‘save’ those who do it … the pain and suffering will never go away when they ‘live’.
      Some never lose the guilt of needing ‘aid’ all the time – no matter how many ‘Hariri’s’ put into a pot to feed them. The best answer is to have jobs – something to do – to know they are trying. Those ‘clothing workers’ who just died in a collapsed sweatshop only made $65 a month … but they DID something FOR themselves and family, in that struggle for life, which is why there is also sorrow at the deaths as well as anger at the building constructions in places that care little for human life. THIS man (a youth at 19) in a place which seems to also care little, also had people harranging him for debts he felt no future ability to pay.
      What will he feel when he sees the hospital bill .. and what’s left of his face?

    2. women’s purses are being snatched left and right, My grandmother just came back she was warned by many people to watch for her purse and jewelry, Unlike ever before.

    3. CrossWinds Avatar
      CrossWinds

      1 Corinthians 13:3
      And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

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