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Man sets himself on fire outside Israeli embassy in Washington

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A man is in critical condition after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington DC.

Firefighters arrived at 1 p.m. and put out the fire, authorities said.

A statement from the Israeli embassy said: “A man set himself on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

“The man is unknown. No embassy staff were injured and are safe.”

The U.S. Air Force later confirmed the man was an active-duty airman.

Police outside Israeli Embassy in Washington DC after man sets himself on fire
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Police in front of the embassy in Washington DC

Police explosives experts were also called to the scene “in reference to a suspicious vehicle which may be linked to the individual”, they said in a statement.

The vehicle was then extricated without any hazardous materials being found, the force added.

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