Man Who Set Himself on Fire Identified

( – After several investigations regarding a major incident, the unknown man who set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. was identified in a video livestream.

At the start of the Twitch recording, the man identified himself as Aaron Bushnell, a member of the U.S. Air Force. Shortly before his body caught on fire, he screamed, “I will no longer be complicit in genocide [in Gaza]. I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest. Free Palestine!”

Although authorities on the scene requested him to get down while he was on fire, one person used a fire extinguisher and another seemed to draw a gun.

While the distressing footage was swiftly removed from Twitch since it violated its guidelines, some blurred recordings surfaced on other social media platforms.

After the incident, Bushnell was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and he was still alive in critical condition but died shortly after his arrival. An Air Force spokesperson confirmed that Bushnell was an active-duty airman.

The Israeli Embassy did not make any comments but stated no staff was injured during the event and that they did not know Bushnell. Earlier footage reveals additional fire trucks and a hazmat crew inspecting the man’s car which was cleared with no active threat, as stated by the Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson.

This incident follows a previous self-sacrifice protest outside Atlanta’s Israeli Consulate in December last year. These acts align with the intense political tensions that came from Hamas’ terrorist attack and subsequent Israeli operations in Gaza.

Hamas-backed Health Ministry claimed that the death toll in Gaza has risen to nearly 30,000, which includes numerous women and children. Over 200 Israeli soldiers have also lost their lives in the military’s ground campaign.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended the assault on Rafah and asserted the necessity for a “total victory.” Rafah is now the most densely populated Gaza city after Palestinians fled the Israeli military’s assault in the north.