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Man dies after setting himself on fire outside Israeli Embassy in Washington to protest Gaza war

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

An airman who set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington to protest civilian deaths in Gaza died of his injuries on Sunday night, according to Rose M. Riley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Air Force, as cited by The New York Times on Monday.

The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington confirmed the identity of the protester as Aaron Bushnell, a 25-year-old from San Antonio. Additionally, Ann Stefanek, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Air Force, verified on Sunday night that Bushnell was indeed an active-duty airman, shedding light on his background and affiliations.

Moreover, Mr Bushnell’s involvement in the protest gained further attention as it was revealed that he filmed and live-streamed the event on Twitch.

In the video, a man dressed in military attire identifies himself as Aaron Bushnell, affirming his status as an active-duty Air Force officer, adding layers to the unfolding narrative of the incident.

In the video, a man declares, “I will no longer be complicit in genocide,” echoing sentiments shared by critics of Israel’s military actions in Gaza. He expresses his intent to carry out an extreme act of protest, juxtaposing it with the suffering endured by Palestinians under colonization, suggesting his action is a small response to their larger plight, as cited by the New York Times.

Standing before the Israeli Embassy in Washington, he pours a clear liquid on himself, igniting it while shouting, “Free Palestine!” Law enforcement officers approach as the flames ignite, scrambling to extinguish them.

Meanwhile, An Israeli embassy spokesperson said none of their staff were hurt, and everyone’s health was confirmed.

This incident happened because the Israeli embassy in Washington is a focus of ongoing protests against the Gaza conflict.

Since the clashes began between Israel and Hamas, over 29,000 Palestinians have died in Gaza, and millions more have been forced from their homes.

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