Palestinian man attempts self-immolation in Hebron

September 4, 2012 13:20

A Palestinian man in Hebron tried setting himself on fire at a municipality building on Tuesday, but was prevented from doing so by a security guard at the scene, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

Khaled Abu Rabee, 42, doused himself with gasoline in an attempt to call attention to his financial troubles. Abu Rabee has reportedly struggled to support his two wives and 10 children, according to Ma'an. Previously a member of the PA security forces, Abu Rabee had spent three years in Israeli jails and had since worked odd jobs to provide for his family.

The incident came after a young man died when he set himself on fire in the Gaza Strip, apparently in protest at economic hardship in the Palestinian enclave.

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