Khodeir receives treatment at the Jabal Amel hospital in Tyre.
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Inside the emergency room of a south Lebanon hospital, doctors exerted all their efforts to save the life of Palestinian Mohammad Omar Khodeir who set himself on fire Tuesday in the nearby Burj al-Shemali camp.Khodeir, who suffers from thalassemia, a hereditary blood disorder, set himself alight in protest against a change in health care and hospitalization regulations by the Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA.Under the new arrangement, which came into effect with the New Year, every Palestinian refugee receiving medical services or hospitalization through UNRWA must pay 5 percent of their bill at hospitals run by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and 15 percent at government hospitals.However, others see that this would unduly impact vulnerable people as these institutions are there to mitigate the suffering of refugees and closing them doesn't serve the refugee's cause and would increase suffering.Palestinian sources, however, criticized this jockeying for status saying that such attempts dispersed efforts at a time when the refugees were in need of unity among the factions regarding the issue.
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