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Man sets himself on fire outside PA ministry

June 30, 2013 1:51 P.M. (Updated: July 2, 2013 10:12 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A former prisoner sustained serious injuries Sunday after setting himself on fire in front of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Finance to protest a delay in the receipt of benefits conferred to former prisoners, witnesses told Ma'an.

Wissam Bilal Khalil Marouf, 21, from the northern district of Tulkarem, suffered serious burns across his body, a medical report from the Palestine Medical Complex where he was treated read.

A medical source in Tulkarem said Marouf had been injured by Israeli forces, leaving him with a 30 percent mobility rate and speech difficulties.

Witnesses said people rushed to extinguish the fire.

Marouf was protesting the late payment of benefits to former prisoners in Israeli jails, and had brought his medical file with him as evidence for the ministry.

The former prisoner had his sentence commuted on 8 April and was released by Israeli authorities.

Police said they have launched an investigation into the incident.

Last Monday, Yousef Nassar, 30, died after setting himself on fire in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood in Gaza City.

In December 2010, the self-immolation of Mohammad Bouazizi sparked the Tunisian revolution leading to the ousting of the former government and demonstrations across the region.
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