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A protester self-immolates exterior the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta.

A protester self-immolated on Friday afternoon exterior of the Israeli Consulate constructing in Atlanta, in what the police described as “doubtless an excessive act of political protest.”

A safety guard tried to intervene however was unsuccessful, officers stated. The demonstrator sustained third-degree burns to the physique, and the guard was burned on his wrist and leg. Each had been taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, the place the protester was in vital situation.

Officers didn’t determine the demonstrator, however stated in a information convention on Friday that the individual seemed to be appearing alone and {that a} Palestinian flag was “recovered on the location and was a part of the protest.” The fireplace chief, Roderick M. Smith, stated there was proof of gasoline getting used as an accelerant.

The authorities didn’t provide some other insights into the individual’s potential motive for self-immolating. Town’s police chief, Darin Schierbaum, stated that officers didn’t consider there was “any nexus to terrorism.”

Anat Sultan-Dadon, consul normal of Israel to the Southeastern United States, described the act as an expression of “hate and incitement towards Israel.”

“The sanctity of life is our highest worth,” she stated in a press release on Friday. “Our prayers are with the safety officer who was injured whereas attempting to stop this tragic act.”

The self-immolation occurred exterior a constructing within the Midtown space of Atlanta that homes the consulate and a number of other different places of work.

“It seems to have been targeted exterior the constructing. I’m not conscious of an try and enter the constructing,” Chief Schierbaum stated, including: “I’ve met with the consul normal. The workers is secure. All of the residents of this constructing are secure.”

The Atlanta F.B.I. stated it was conscious of the incident and coordinating with native regulation enforcement.

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