Air Force Airman Sets Himself On Fire Outside Israel Embassy To Protest ‘Genocide’

A US military service member took the drastic action of self-immolation in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC, on Sunday, in what is presumed to be a political protest related to Israel’s recent operations in Gaza.

The individual has been identified as 25-year-old Aaron Bushnell, who, shortly before the act, allegedly broadcasted the event live via Twitch. Dressed in military uniform, Bushnell reportedly proclaimed his refusal to be an accomplice in what he termed “genocide” before setting himself on fire. During the incident, bystanders heard him shout “Free Palestine!” before he collapsed.

Emergency services were swiftly called to the scene, where Bushnell was suffering from severe, life-threatening burns. He was immediately transported to a local hospital for medical attention, as confirmed by the District of Columbia’s fire department.

Authorities removed the graphic live-streamed footage from the Twitch platform following the incident. Meanwhile, the city’s law enforcement is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Bushnell’s actions.

In addition to the self-immolation, officials were alerted to a potentially suspicious vehicle nearby. Consequently, a bomb disposal unit was summoned as a precautionary measure. Following an extensive search, police rebuffed any risk of hazardous materials within the vicinity.

Representatives from the Israeli embassy have assured that all personnel within the diplomatic mission remained unharmed and stated that they are cooperating fully with investigators. The New York Times received confirmation of the safety of the staff from a spokesperson for the embassy.