U.S. Military Member Dies For Palestine

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(TheRedWire.com) – The Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed that Air Force member Aaron Bushnell passed away after he had set himself on fire outside Israel’s Embassy in Washington, D.C. 

Bushnell, 25, from San Antonio, Texas had been protesting the war in Gaza with his display. An Air Force official confirmed to The Hill that following the injuries that the individual had suffered he had ended up passing away. There is no further information that has been released as the United States military has a 24-hour policy of notifying next of kin. 

On Sunday Bushnell had declared that he would “no longer be complicit in genocide” before putting the fire on himself. He reportedly had reached the embassy only a bit after 1 p.m. and had been live streaming to Twitch his actions. According to AP, the footage has since been removed from the video streaming platform. 

Police have claimed that currently, they believe that Bushnell had used an accelerant on himself before lighting the fire. 

Israel’s war in Gaza had started following an attack by Hamas on Oct. 7,  which included a ground campaign that had killed tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians. The incident has drawn considerable international criticism with many people arguing that what is occurring in Gaza is a genocide. 

Israel has repeatedly opposed these allegations of genocide and has claimed that all the actions they had taken were in accordance with international law. Currently, there are discussions at the embassy for a temporary cease-fire deal. However, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought approval from the Cabinet to continue military operations in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza where more than a million Palestinians have fled since the start of the fighting. 

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