Syrian man sets himself on fire in Rome – reports

A 24-year-old Syrian man set himself on fire near the Colosseum in Rome on Thursday in front of hundreds of horrified tourists, Italian media reported

Syrian man sets himself on fire in Rome - reports
The Syrian man set himself alight near the Colosseum. Photo: AFP

The man, referred to by the initials B.S in the reports, poured a bottle of lighter fluid over himself before setting himself alight.

The flames were put out by police and the man, who reportedly has a Swedish passport but is originally from Syria, was taken to the Sant'Eugenio hospital in the capital with third-degree burns on his face, chest and arms, the reports said.

It was not clear whether he was one of the hundreds of Syrian asylum seekers who have sought refuge in Italy after crossing the Mediterranean by  boat over the past few months.

Many find themselves trapped in Italy's notoriously slow asylum seeker  system or sleeping rough in the city's slums to avoid detection. 

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