The Pentagon describes the conduct of a US airman who set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington as a ‘tragic occurrence’.

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The Pentagon describes the conduct of a US airman who set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington as a 'tragic occurrence'.

A U.S. Air Force service member tragically lost their life after setting themselves on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C., according to the Pentagon.

The airman, identified as 25-year-old Aaron Bushnell from San Antonio, Texas, reportedly set himself ablaze during a protest related to the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

“This is undoubtedly a tragic event,” stated Pentagon Press Secretary, Major General Pat Ryder, offering condolences to Bushnell’s family. “We defer further inquiries regarding the incident to local Washington D.C. authorities.”

Prior to the incident, Bushnell reportedly livestreamed on Twitch while approaching the embassy. During the broadcast, he stated his refusal to be “complicit in genocide,” according to The Associated Press. He then ignited himself after setting his phone down and dousing himself with an accelerant. While the platform removed the video, authorities have secured a copy.

“The individual involved in yesterday’s incident succumbed to their injuries and passed away last night,” the Air Force confirmed in a Sunday night statement. They added that further information would be provided once military officials complete notifying next of kin.

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