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Man sets himself on fire outside Amsterdam's Royal Palace

A video of the incident shows people trying to put out the fire using their coats.

The exterior of the Royal Palace in Dam Square, Amsterdam, Holland
The exterior of the Royal Palace in Dam Square, Amsterdam, Holland
Image: Topham Picturepoint/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images via PA Images

DUTCH POLICE AND witnesses have said that a man set himself on fire in Amsterdam’s Dam Square today.

A video from the scene, which was published on a Dutch website, shows an unidentified person covered in flames as a group of people attempt to put out the fire.

The Associated Press is reporting that the incident occurred in Dam Square, outside the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

According to a translation of an article on the Dutch website NOS, the man was seen arguing with a group of English tourists shortly before he told them to leave and then took a lighter to himself and set himself on fire.

Reports say that the man spoke Dutch with a foreign accent.

It is not clear yet what injuries the man, who was brought to hospital, suffered or if he survived the fire.

A graphic video of the man on fire is available to view here. Please note that viewer discretion is advised due to the nature of this video.

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