Syrian man torches himself outside UN building

GENEVA: A Syrian Kurdish man set himself on fire Wednesday outside the headquarters of the United Nations refugee agency and was receiving treatment for his injuries, police told AFP.

The 31-year-old German resident did not provide any explanation for his actions, Geneva police spokesman Silvain Guillaume-Gentil said.

“We can imagine his reasons, but we do not have anything concrete,” Guillaume-Gentil said. “He had a hard time expressing himself when help arrived.”

Kurds have organised a series of demonstrations to protest the assault that Turkey launched on Oct 9 against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria.

The incident occurred shortly before 8am outside UNHCR, which is across the street from the Palais des Nations, the UN’s European headquarters.

Responders arrived quickly and the injured man was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Lausanne, where he was being treated for his injuries, police said.