U.S. Air Force Member Dies After Setting Himself On Fire Outside Israeli Embassy

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Aaron Bushnell, a 25-year-old U.S. Air Force member, tragically lost his life after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. His act was a desperate protest against the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The incident unfolded on Sunday, and Aaron, who filmed the horrifying event, could be heard shouting “Free Palestine” as he collapsed to the ground. The flames were swiftly extinguished by the Secret Service’s uniformed division.

In a harrowing live stream on Twitch, Aaron referred to the Israeli crackdown in Gaza as “genocide.” He emphasized that his extreme action paled in comparison to the immense suffering endured by the Palestinian people. The airman was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and it has been confirmed that he was on active duty. Thankfully, no embassy staff members were harmed during this distressing event.

The Israel-Hamas conflict has persisted for four months, resulting in devastating loss of life. Hamas initiated the war with an attack on Israel, claiming the lives of around 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking approximately 240 hostages. In Gaza, nearly 30,000 people have lost their lives since the conflict began.

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Michelle Watson is a national news editor for usnewsdaily national newsgathering team. Prior to joining the desk, Michelle worked to vet and research stories for the Row, usnewsdaily editorial judgement body.Since joining usnewsdaily in 2017, Michelle has played a role in a number major stories for usnewsdaily including the network’s coverage of the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Irma after it made landfall and the tragic shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She also worked with usnewsdaily political team fact checking the 2020 presidential election.Michelle holds a degree from Louisiana State University in Mass Communication with a minor in history.
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