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Tunisian dies of self-immolation, year after Ben Ali ouster

TUNIS: A Tunisian man who set himself on fire to protest unemployment has died, a hospital official said Tuesday, a year almost to the day after a fruit-seller’s self-immolation sparked the Arab Spring. Ammar Gharsalla, a 48-year-old father of three, had been among protestors staging a sit-in outside the Gafsa government office last Thursday to …


Dutch police stop Egyptian man burning himself

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: Dutch police say they have stopped a man setting himself on fire in front of the Egyptian embassy in The Hague. Police say the 52-year-old was carrying a banner, had soaked himself in flammable liquid and was trying to spark a lighter when they blinded him with pepper spray and wrestled him …


Analysts say self-immolation warning sign for gov’t as 6th incident reported

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: A 35-year-old employee attempted to set himself ablaze Wednesday morning in front of the Cairo governor’s office but was prevented by security before he caught fire. Hazem Abdel Fattah, an employee at Mostorod Water Company, said during preliminary investigations that he had problems with his employer. Opposition and human rights activists said …


Suicide is against Islam: Al-Azhar

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the most prestigious centre of religious learning in the Sunni Muslim world, said on Tuesday that Islam bans suicide for any reason. “Sharia law states that Islam categorically forbids suicide for any reason and does not accept the separation of souls from bodies as an expression of stress, anger or …


Two men set themselves on fire in Egypt; one dies

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: One of two men who set themselves ablaze Tuesday died in Alexandria. The other was transferred to a Cairo hospital with minimum burns. Security officials said Ahmed Hashem El-Sayed, a 25-year-old unemployed man died, in hospital after he set himself on fire on the roof of his home in the port city …


Man sets himself ablaze in front of cabinet

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: A 50-year-old set himself on fire Tuesday in front of the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center in downtown Cairo. The man was identified as Mohamed Hassan, a resident of Sayyeda Zeinab district. He was transferred to Mounira Hospital and found to have superficial burns on his right leg with 5 …


Ismailia man sets himself ablaze in central Cairo

By Hamza Hendawi /AP CAIRO: An Egyptian man set himself on fire Monday outside the country’s parliament building in central Cairo in an apparent protest, security officials said. The incident appeared to be an attempt to copy the self-immolation last month of a 26-year-old Tunisian, whose death triggered the protests that have toppled Tunisia’s authoritarian …


Algerian dies in self-immolation, echoing Tunisia

By Lamine Chikhi/ Reuters ALGIERS: A man has died after setting himself on fire at a government building in Algeria, state radio reported on Sunday, echoing the self-immolation that triggered the protests that toppled the leader of neighboring Tunisia. Mohsen Bouterfif doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire on Thursday after a meeting …


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