BEIRUT: A Lebanese gas station owner in the Bekaa Valley and a Syrian woman in Tripoli were rushed to hospitals after lighting themselves on fire in separate incidents Tuesday, security sources said.
Fawzi Nakhle doused himself in gasoline before lighting himself after police approached him with a court order to close his gas station in the western Bekaa town of Aana, the sources said.
Quick-thinking residents saved his life and Nakhle was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, in the northern city of Tripoli, a Syrian woman identified as Mariam al-Khawli tried to commit suicide by setting herself on fire while sceaming “Because of you! because of you!”
Bystanders reacted almost instantly, smothering the fire and calling an ambulance.