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Lebanon man sets himself on fire in protest of dire living conditions

Demonstrators block roads and streets as they burn tires during protest against the power cuts and economic crisis in Beirut, Lebanon, on 29 November 2021. [Houssam Shbaro - Anadolu Agency]
Demonstrators block roads and streets as they burn tires during protest against the power cuts and economic crisis in Beirut, Lebanon, on 29 November 2021. [Houssam Shbaro - Anadolu Agency]

A Lebanese man died yesterday after pouring gasoline on himself and setting himself on fire two days earlier.

Locals told the National News Agency (NNA) that the man had committed suicide "in protest of the country's difficult living conditions," adding that the incident had taken place in the city of Baalbek in the Lebanese Beqaa Valley.

Lebanon's financial crisis, which the World Bank has described as one of the worst recessions in modern history, has been exacerbated by political deadlock and disagreement over the investigation into the Beirut port explosion which left over 200 people dead.

READ: Why are Lebanon's politicians fighting the Beirut port blast probe?

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