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Refugee fighting for life in Nauru hospital after setting herself alight.

By political reporter Dan Conifer

Nauru, the Immigration Department has confirmed.

It is understood the woman is fighting for life in the island’s hospital and an air ambulance has been requested.

Refugee advocates say she is a young Somali refugee and was one of three people returned to Nauru last week after receiving medical treatment in Australia.

The incident comes less than a week after a male Iranian refugee died after setting himself alight on Nauru.

Omid Masoumali, 23, set himself on fire last Wednesday in front of visiting United Nations representatives before dying on Friday in a Brisbane hospital.

A spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said they were “aware” of the incident.

“The refugee is currently receiving treatment at the Republic of Nauru Hospital with the support of service providers,” he said.

“The Department is supporting the Government of Nauru to identify appropriate medical treatment options.”

More to come.

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