Egyptian officials say two men -- one in Cairo and another one in Alexandria -- set themselves on fire today, apparently following the example of a Tunisian whose self-immolation sparked the protests that toppled the president.
The incidents follow a similar one in Cairo on January 17 where a man set himself on fire to protest poor living conditions.
Similar cases were reported in Algeria and Mauritania.
Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled the country last week following a wave of unprecedented street protests.
The protests were sparked by the death of a 26-year-old man who had set himself on fire to protest the lack of employment.
compiled from agency reports