A protestor who set themselves on fire outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta is said to be in a critical condition following the incident.
The incident has been described as an ‘extreme act of political protest’ by the city’s police chief.
A Palestinian flag was recovered at the scene, according to Police Chief Darin Schierbaum.
Both the individual as well as a security guard who attempted to intervene were injured, officials said, with the protestor said to be in a critical condition.
A backpack and burned items were captured on camera outside of the building and shared on social media.
The incident has been described as an ‘extreme act of political protest’ by the city’s police chief
Everyone inside the building is safe, police said, adding that there’s no apparent threat.
Anat Sultan-Dadon, consul general of Israel to the southeastern U.S., said in a statement: ‘We are saddened to learn of the self-immolation at the entrance to the office building.
‘It is tragic to see the hate and incitement toward Israel expressed in such a horrific way.
The sanctity of life is our highest value. Our prayers are with the security officer who was injured while trying to prevent this tragic act.
‘We are grateful to the city of Atlanta’s law enforcement and first responders for all they do to ensure safety.’