Protester units self on fireplace outdoors Israel consulate in Atlanta, Georgia | EUROtoday
A protester is in essential situation after setting themselves on fireplace outdoors an Israeli consulate within the United States in what police stated was an “extreme act of political protest”.
Officials stated a Palestinian flag was recovered from the scene of the blaze which occurred simply after noon Friday outdoors the Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta.
Atlanta police Chief Darin Schierbaum stated the unidentified protester, who had used petrol as an accelerant, suffered “100 per cent burns”.
A safety guard who tried to intervene suffered burns to the wrist and leg. He was additionally taken to hospital.
Mr Schierbaum stated there was no proof the individual’s actions had been a part of a broader terror plot and police didn’t imagine there was a particular risk to the diplomats working within the constructing.
“We do not believe there’s any nexus to terrorism at this location. We do believe, based on the evidence that is readily available for us, this was likely an extreme act of political protest that occurred here,” he added.
Mr Schierbaum stated his division had spoken to federal officers within the Department of Homeland Security, and their state counterparts in Georgia. The FBI was additionally concerned within the investigation.
Special models of officers had been set as much as patrol the town’s varied Jewish and Muslim neighbourhoods as battle in Israel and Gaza has continued for 2 months, Mr Schierbaum stated.
Anat Sultan-Dadon, Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States, stated Friday “it is tragic to see the hate and incitement toward Israel expressed in such a horrific way”.
“We are saddened to learn of the self-immolation at the entrance to the office building,” Mr Sultan-Dadon stated.
’’The sanctity of life is our highest worth. Our prayers are with the safety officer who was injured whereas making an attempt to forestall this tragic act. We are grateful to the town of Atlanta’s regulation enforcement and first responders for all they do to make sure security.”
Officials stated the protester had been taken to the town’s Grady Memorial Hospital.