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US airman sets himself on fire outside Israeli embassy in Washington

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WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) - A U.S. military service member set himself on fire, in an apparent act of protest against the war in Gaza, outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

The man was transported to an area hospital after the fire was put out by U.S. Secret Service officers, DC Fire and EMS posted online. The man remains in critical condition, a Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson said Sunday afternoon. An Air Force spokesperson confirmed that the incident involved a active duty airman.

"I will no longer be complicit in genocide," said the man, wearing military fatigues, in a video he broadcasted live over the internet, according to the New York Times.

He then doused himself in a clear liquid and set himself on fire, screaming "Free Palestine," the Times reported.
Local police and Secret Service are investigating the incident.

Israel's embassy has been the target of continued protest against the war in Gaza. The war in Gaza has led to pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli protests in the United States. The protests started after Oct. 7 when Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that rules Gaza, killed 1,200 Israelis and seized 253 hostages in a cross-border attack.

Since then, Israeli forces have waged a military campaign against the coastal enclave, laying much of it to waste, with nearly 30,000 people dead, according to Palestinian health officials.

In December, a protester set herself on fire outside the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta.

  Comments - 7

  • Jayantha Monday, 26 February 2024 01:41 PM

    Foolish migrant for sure.

    Spartacus Monday, 26 February 2024 01:52 PM

    Wow more Americans should do this. They should even try to get Trump to do this too.

    Mullage Monday, 26 February 2024 05:29 PM

    Looks like a CNN addict. Pathetic

    Thitumaran K Monday, 26 February 2024 10:34 PM

    Ceylonese, a very human prospetive to a racisit carnage done by Isreal and supported by the hypocrite west. Even our local media supress any views against the slaughter of these innocents. Humanity should see no race, religion or color. We should salute this guy who is a real hero for his great sacrifice against the global Zionist and its supporters.

    Ceylonese Monday, 26 February 2024 08:00 PM

    @Jayantha, read before you comment you fool. He's a white and from Texas, this is what people with a heart do when they witness innocent people specially children being killed.

    UMAS Monday, 26 February 2024 08:46 PM

    We are waiting for Namal to do the same

    Patcitz Monday, 26 February 2024 11:58 PM

    We believe, before that Ranil must do.

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