Syrian refugee immolates self outside UN Lebanon office

"The Syrian refugee, in her 50s, poured a bottle of kerosene over her body and set herself alight," the official told Anadolu Agency.

Syrian refugee immolates self outside UN Lebanon office

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Syrian refugee set herself on fire on Tuesday outside the United Nations office in Tripoli after failing to obtain food aid for herself and her children, a security official said.

"The Syrian refugee, in her 50s, poured a bottle of kerosene over her body and set herself alight," the official told Anadolu Agency.

"She was shouting that she had been demonstrating for three days outside the U.N. office to demand food supplies for herself and her four children," the official said.

The woman has since been hospitalized and her condition is stable, a medical source told AA.

U.N. officials declined a request for comment on the incident.

Lebanon has been hard-hit by the ongoing conflict in neighboring Syria.

According to the U.N. refugee office in Lebanon, some 974,000 people have fled the fighting in Syria and sought refuge in Lebanon. Lebanese authorities, for their part, say the number has surpassed 1.3 million.

Syrian refugees line up on a daily basis outside the U.N. office in Tripoli, Lebanon's second largest city, to receive humanitarian aid.

The latest U.N. report put the total number of registered Syrian refugees at over 2.5 million.

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