A photo posted on X (formerly Twitter) shows an unidentified man who reportedly set himself on fire in front of the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. X/Talia Jane

US Air Force member dies after setting himself on fire at Israeli Embassy in DC yelling ‘Free Palestine’

By Snejana Farberov |

US Air Force member Aaron Bushnell has died from his injuries after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, an official confirmed on Monday.

A US Air Force spokesperson confirmed to The Post that 25-year-old Bushnell died overnight to The Post, though she did not officially name him citing the ongoing notification of next of kin.

Officials were still contacting family members Monday and will not officially announce his death until 24 hours after that is complete, the Air Force representative said.

There was no immediate word on Bushnell’s cause of death.

A harrowing video livestreamed on Twitch on Sunday afternoon appeared to show the serviceman dressed in uniform standing in front of the embassy and identifying himself as a member of the US Air Force.

“I will no longer be complicit in genocide [in Gaza]. I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest,” Bushnell reportedly said, before setting himself ablaze and repeatedly crying out “Free Palestine.”

Just hours before his deadly act of self-immolation, Bushnell posted a final message on Facebook.

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