Shocking Incident at Israeli Embassy Leads to US Airman’s Death

( – A tragic incident occurred in Washington D.C. on Sunday, February 25, when an active U.S. Air Force member, 25-year-old Aaron Bushnell, died after setting himself ablaze outside the Israeli Embassy. The act is believed to be a protest against the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Bushnell, a cyber-defense operations specialist stationed at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland in Texas, was filmed by himself outside the embassy shouting “Free Palestine” before igniting himself. According to a livestream he recorded, Bushnell condemned the Israeli actions in Gaza as “genocide” and asserted that his actions paled in comparison to the suffering of the Palestinian people.

The Metropolitan Police Department identified Bushnell and confirmed his death from critical burns sustained in the self-immolation. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to the scene, but Secret Service agents had already extinguished the flames before their arrival.

Bushnell’s colleagues at the Air Force’s 70th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing described him as a dedicated airman who served with distinction since May 2020. His online presence offered glimpses into a young man passionate about technology and deeply affected by the escalating conflict in the Middle East.

On his Facebook page, hours before the incident, Bushnell posted a thought-provoking message urging individuals to confront moral dilemmas and take action against injustice, using historical examples like slavery and apartheid. He also shared a link to a now-defunct “Free Palestine” channel on Twitch.TV.

News of Bushnell’s death elicited varied responses. The Palestinian militant group Hamas, in a statement, deemed him a “heroic pilot,” a claim with no apparent basis. Meanwhile, Bushnell’s former school district, the Nauset Public Schools in Massachusetts, expressed profound sadness and offered condolences to his family and friends.

The Israeli Embassy in Washington confirmed that none of its personnel were harmed during the incident. Bushnell’s death coincides with the fourth month of the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict. His act comes just weeks after a similar incident in Atlanta, where a woman protesting the war set herself ablaze outside the Israeli Consulate General.

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