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Self-immolation spreads in Middle East

Self-immolation is becoming tragically more common in the Middle East, including Lebanon, where Syrian refugees are not the only ones setting themselves on fire in acts of desperation and despair.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Twenty-five-year-old Mohammed Heriz lay in his hospital bed in Beirut, breathing heavily, covered head to waist in bandages. His eyes struggled to stay open after a dose of morphine for the pain of his burned body.

On Oct. 16, Heriz set himself ablaze during a protest in front of the Lebanese military court. Protesters were demanding the release of citizens detained by the Lebanese military earlier in the month.

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