Egyptian man who set fire to himself to be released from hospital within 48 hours
Ahram Online and MENA, Monday 17 Jan 2011
The Egyptian man who set himself on fire today is suffering from superficial burns in the chest and neck, health minister says

Egypt's Minister of Health Hatem El Gabaly said that the Egyptian man who set himself on fire in front of the parliament today has received treatment and is expected to be released from the hospital within 48 hours.

El Gabaly added that 50-year-old Abdo Abdel Moneim, who owns a restaurant in Kantara in the Ismailia governorate, had suddenly set himself on fire while talking to some of the security personnel in front of the parliament at 9.30 this morning.

El Gabaly added that Abdel Moneim is suffering from superficial burns on the chest and the neck.

The minister was responding to a question by Mohamed Rageb, majority leader in parliament in the meeting headed by Safwat El Sherif about the events of today’s accident.

El Gabaly insisted that the ministry of health is not an investigative body and that he does not have information on why Abdel Moneim set himself on fire, but he believes that he had a problem with an administrative body in Kantara, which led him to attempt suicide, due to his inability to receive the share of flour that should have been distributed to him. However, the minister added that the parliament does not need to discuss this issue, but that the government should make sure that Abdel Moneim gets his rights.

Egypt's Minister of Legal Affairs and the Parliamentary Council Mofid Shehab added that it is important to remain patient and not listen to rumours until a full investigation of what exactly happened is completed.