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Tulkarem woman sets herself ablaze to protest local crackdown on street vendors

Feb. 12, 2017 5:03 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 12, 2017 5:03 P.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian woman sustained moderate burns on Sunday after she set fire to herself in front of a police station in the Iktaba neighborhood of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank.

Palestinian police spokesman Luay Irzeiqat said that the woman torched herself to protest a move by Tulkarem municipality to remove a vendor stand used by her husband.

Tulkarem municipality's inspectors under police protection began removing goods displayed on sidewalks and street vendor stands earlier on Sunday. In protest, several shops went on strike for two hours.

The Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service in Tulkarem told Ma'an that their teams evacuated 40-year-old Sana al-Tahil to Thabet Thabet hospital in Tulkarem for treatment.

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