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Domestic worker commits suicide in s. Lebanon

A general view of south Lebanon. (Mohammed Zaatari/The Daily Star)

SIDON, Lebanon: An Ethiopian domestic worker died over the weekend in an apparent suicide in the southern city of Tyre, security sources told The Daily Star Sunday.

The woman allegedly threw herself off a balcony of the apartment building where she worked, the sources said.

Media reports said the woman had fled last week from her employer's home. Security forces later detained the Ethiopian and returned her to her employer.

Reports of suicides among Lebanon's approximately 200,000 domestic workers have become increasingly frequent, with many citing maltreatment and abuse.

 

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