Syrian Refugee Tries To Set Himself On Fire In Dutch Refugee Shelter

  • by: Maarten Schenk

Dutch newspaper Noordhollands Dagblad reports on an incident in the refugee shelter in Zaandam where a Syrian refugee tried to set himself on fire. Another refugee in the center managed to shoot this video:

According to reports, the man in question hails from Aleppo in Syria. In the shouting that can be heard in the video he apparently says he wants to go back to his children. Other refugees in the camp told journalists that the man's family live in Turkey where they were having "difficulties". Just prior to the incident the man allegedly received news from Dutch authorities that he would only be able to travel to Turkey in a few weeks.

In the video, the man is seen to ignite a piece of fabric and then trying to set his coat on fire with it. Bystanders pull away the fabric and smother the flames with a blanket before anything worse can happen. Someone else then rushes in with a fire extinguisher and puts out the burning piece of textile still on the ground. It is not clear at this time if the man was seriously injured or not.


  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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