Syria refugee burns himself in protest against UN aid cuts

Syrian refugee Riad Zibo set himself on fire outside a UN building in the Lebanese city of Tripoli protesting against aid cuts to his family, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday. “He started screaming and brought gasoline, poured it on his body and set fire to himself.” He suffered severe burns and was evacuated to Al-Salam Hospital. The hospital’s director said the “Syrian refugee had severe burns in his face, upper parts of his body, his belly, chest and parts of the lower areas of his body that cover about 35 per cent of his body.” “The patient arrived at the hospital in a very bad condition, but he is currently stable. Likely, he wanted to drag attention to his critical situation as a Syrian refugee in Lebanon.”