A demonstrator finds themselves in critical condition after self-immolating in what appears to be a “political protest” outside the Israeli Consulate office in Atlanta, according to authorities.
The incident unfolded on a Friday afternoon outside a building housing various businesses, including the Israeli Consulate. During a news conference, Atlanta police revealed that a security guard on duty noticed the individual attempting to set themselves on fire and intervened. Unfortunately, both the security guard and the protester sustained burns and have been hospitalized.
While authorities emphasized that there is no connection to terrorism, they believe the incident is likely an extreme form of political protest. At the scene, police recovered a Palestinian flag associated with the demonstration. The protester is in critical condition with severe burns, while the security guard suffered burns on the wrist and leg.
Authorities noted the use of gas as an accelerant in the incident but assured that everyone within the building is safe, stating that there is no apparent threat. Anat Sultan-Dadon, the consul general of Israel to the southeastern U.S., expressed sorrow over the self-immolation in a statement. She condemned the expression of hatred and incitement towards Israel in such a tragic manner, emphasizing the sanctity of life as their highest value. Sultan-Dadon extended gratitude to Atlanta’s law enforcement and first responders for their efforts in ensuring safety.
Woman in critical condition after setting herself on fire in protest for Palestine outside the Israel consulate in Atlanta Georgia earlier today. pic.twitter.com/qYAn2jBokj
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