US air force official commits suicide over Gaza killings

WASHINGTON: A US airman has died after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington at the weekend in protest over the assault in Gaza, the Air Force said on Monday.

Emergency responders on Sunday had rushed to the scene in response to a “call for person on fire outside the Israeli Embassy,” the capital city’s fire department.

The unnamed man had filmed himself shouting “Free Palestine” as he lit himself on fire, according to footage shared on social media.

He was transported to hospital with “critical life-threatening injuries,” the fire department said, and an Air Force spokeswoman said Monday morning he had died on Sunday night.

In a video, the man wearing military fatigues and declaring he will “not be complicit in genocide” before dousing himself in liquid, lighting himself on fire and yelling “Free Palestine!” until he collapses.

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