Who is Aaron Bushnell? US Air Force Airman Sets Himself on Fire in Protest Outside Israeli Embassy

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
2 Min Read

Washington D.C., February 26, 2024 – An active-duty member of the US Air Force, identified as Aaron Bushnell, critically injured himself in a self-immolation incident outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C. on Sunday afternoon.

Details of the Incident:

WhatsApp Group Join Now
Telegram Group Join Now
  • Mr. Bushnell, clad in his military uniform, approached the embassy and declared his intention to protest.
  • A widely circulated online video shows him stating, “I will no longer be complicit in [Gaza]… I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest.” He then set himself alight and shouted slogans supporting the Palestinian cause.
  • Authorities at the scene attempted to intervene, urging Mr. Bushnell to de-escalate and extinguish the flames. Thankfully, bystanders managed to use a fire extinguisher to subdue the fire.
  • Mr. Bushnell sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Reactions and Context:

  • The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that no embassy personnel were harmed during the incident and that Mr. Bushnell had no prior interaction with the embassy.
  • This incident is not the first instance of self-immolation in the US in response to the ongoing conflict in Gaza. In December, a similar protest occurred outside the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta.
  • Tensions remain high in the region, with the death toll in Gaza approaching 30,000 according to Hamas-affiliated sources. The conflict has also claimed the lives of over 200 Israeli soldiers.

Disclaimer: This news article is based on publicly available information and does not claim to be exhaustive or definitive. The views expressed herein are not necessarily those of the author or any affiliated organization.

PressNews24 provides latest news, bollywood news, breaking news hollywood, top tech news, business standard news, indian economy news, world economy news, travel news, mumbai news, latest news mumbai loksabha election 2024, video viral news, delhi news, Only at PressNews24.in

Leave a comment