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Palestinian refugee from Syria dies by apparent suicide

Policeman stands near a covered body of a woman in the coastal city of Sidon, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: A Palestinian woman who fled the violence in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp died Wednesday by apparent suicide, security sources told The Daily Star.

50-year-old Rawda Abu Hasan threw herself from the third floor of the six-story building where she lived with her family in the coastal city of Sidon, the sources said, citing preliminary investigations into the tragic incident.

Relatives and neighbors said Abu Hasan suffered from psychological distress, saying her mental state drastically deteriorated after she and her family moved to Lebanon.

Beginning two years, ago, thousands of Palestinians fled Yarmouk in south Damascus after deadly clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of regime forces. The camp was also the target of several air strikes.

Her relatives also said that Abu Hasan and her family suffered from financial hardship and could not pay their apartment’s monthly rent.

“She used to take medications for her depression and she recently increased the dosage especially after we went through some difficult times,” Abu Hasan’s brother, Mohammad, told The Daily Star.

“I was inside the house and suddenly I heard a noise. When I ran to see what happened, I saw her lying on the ground,” he added.

The incident comes only a week after a Syrian refugee woman set herself on fire outside the registration office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in the northern city of Tripoli.

The woman suffered severe burns and was in critical but stable condition.

Media reports said the woman was protesting the failure of the U.N. agency to provide her family with aid and money for medications.

 

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