Chios: Syrian refugee critical after 'self-immolation'

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Videos posted on social media showed the 29-year-old man - who was holding what looked like a fuel container and a lighter - being engulfed by flames, just moments after a tussle with a police officer who had grabbed him from behind in an apparent bid to stop him from setting himself on fire.

"Many asylum seekers and migrants stranded in Greece, and trapped on the islands, have seen their mental health deteriorate due to the conditions in which they live in, and the climate of insecurity about what will happen to them in the future," Eva Cosse, Greece specialist at Human Rights Watch, told Al Jazeera.

"Many refugees come from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, and have survived human rights abuses, torture or witnessed war crimes which can be traumatising," Roland Schoenbauer, spokesman for the United Nations' refugee agency in Greece, told Al Jazeera.

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