'I will no longer participate in genocide': an American pilot set himself on fire near the Israeli Embassy in Washington - ForumDaily
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'I will no longer participate in genocide': an American pilot set himself on fire near the Israeli Embassy in Washington

A US Air Force serviceman set himself on fire on February 25 near the Israeli Embassy in Washington. He shouted that he did not want to be “an accomplice to genocide” and called for the liberation of Palestine. The man died in hospital, reports with the BBC.

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The incident occurred at 13:00 local time.

The American pilot, 25-year-old Aaron Bushnell from San Antonio, Texas, was taken to the hospital on February 25 afternoon in critical condition.

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Before setting himself on fire, he declared that he would “not participate in genocide again.” US Secret Service officers extinguished the flames and called an ambulance.

In the video, which was broadcast live on the streaming site Twitch, the man introduced himself and said he was an Air Force member and was "about to do an extreme protest." The pilot repeatedly shouted the call for “freedom for Palestine.”

None of the employees of the Israeli Embassy in Washington were injured as a result of the incident.

A bomb disposal team was called to the scene following concerns about a suspicious vehicle which may have been linked to the man.

No hazardous materials were found as a result of this operation.

D.C. police said officers were working with the U.S. Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate the incident.

War between Israel and the Gaza Strip broke out on October 7, 2023, when Hamas militants infiltrated southern Israel. They killed about 1200 people and took 253 hostages.

Israel responded by launching a military campaign in the Gaza Strip, in which 29 people have been killed, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry.

According to the UN, as of mid-January, 1,9 million Gazan civilians were forced to leave their homes as a result of Israeli military operations, which is 85% of its population.

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This is not the first time someone has set themselves on fire in front of the Israeli diplomatic mission in the United States.

In December, a protester self-immolated in front of the Israeli consulate in the US state of Georgia. The Palestinian flag found at the scene was part of the protest, police said.

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