US Airman Sets Himself On Fire Outside Israeli Embassy In Washington

An active member of the US Air Force died after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington over the weekend in protest of the Gaza conflict, the Pentagon announced Monday.

On Sunday, emergency personnel rushed to the scene just before 1:00 p.m. (1800 GMT) in response to a “call for person on fire outside the Israeli Embassy,” according to a message posted by the capital city’s fire department on X (previously Twitter).

They arrived to find that the Secret Service, the US law enforcement department in charge of securing embassies in Washington, had already extinguished the fire.

According to footage published on social media, the man recorded himself chanting “Free Palestine” as he set himself on fire.

He was initially sent to the hospital with “critical life-threatening injuries,” according to the fire service.

An Air Force spokesman told AFP on Monday morning that the anonymous “individual involved in yesterday’s incident succumbed to his injuries and passed away last night.”

“We will provide additional details 24 hours after next-of-kin notifications are complete.”

A spokeswoman for the Israeli embassy stated that no workers were wounded in the event and that the individual was “unknown” to them.

In a video published on social media, the man is shown wearing military fatigues and saying that he will “not be complicit in genocide” before dousing himself with liquid.

He then sets himself on fire while screaming “Free Palestine!” till he collapses on the ground.

The video was apparently originally published via a livestream on the social media platform Twitch.

The terrible deed occurred as protests in the United States grew against Israel’s conduct in Gaza, where it is fighting a retaliatory operation in response to a Hamas militant strike on October 7.

With the death toll in Gaza approaching 30,000, according to the Hamas-run health ministry, worldwide pressure has mounted on the US to rein in its partner Israel and call for a truce.

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