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Mon 26 Feb 2024 3:41 pm - Jerusalem Time

The death of an American soldier who set his body on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in support of Palestine

US Air Force soldier Aaron Bushnell died from his burns after setting himself on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington.


Bushnell, 25, documented the incident in a video clip, in which he called for the “liberation of Palestine” and said: “I will no longer be complicit in this genocide,” referring to what has been happening in the Gaza Strip since last October 7.


The soldier set himself on fire yesterday afternoon, Sunday, and repeatedly called out, “Free Palestine.” He was taken to the hospital to receive treatment, and he is in critical condition. The video clip showed how police forces immediately rushed to the scene. One of them tried to extinguish the burning body while one of the security personnel was pointing his gun at Private Bushnell while he was lying on the ground.


CBS News reported that the video clip of the incident was broadcast live on Twitch, and the man identified himself and said that he was an active member of the US Air Force.


For its part, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday evening, "A person set his body on fire in front of the Tel Aviv Embassy in Washington." It reported that "there are no injuries among the employees of the Israeli embassy."

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