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An American pilot set himself on fire near the Israeli embassy in Washington to protest the fighting in the Gaza Strip.

In Washington, D.C., an incident occurred near the Israeli Embassy, ​​where an active-duty US Air Force serviceman committed self-immolation. The event, which occurred on Sunday around 13 p.m., prompted an immediate response from the Metropolitan Police and Fire Department, and also attracted the attention of the US Secret Service, Fox News reports.

Secret Service officers who were the first to arrive on the scene found that the fire had already been extinguished. They said their officers responded to the scene looking for a person who may be in need of urgent medical or psychological attention. The injured pilot was immediately transported to an area hospital, where he is currently in critical condition.

In addition, D.C. police called in a specialized explosive ordnance disposal team due to the presence of a suspicious vehicle believed to be associated with the victim. U.S. Air Force spokeswoman Anne Stefanek confirmed the involvement of an active-duty U.S. Air Force pilot in the incident. The Israeli Embassy said that the identity of the man was unknown to them and stressed that no one from the diplomatic mission was injured.

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