A protester with a Palestinian flag set herself on fire outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta, local police say.
The protester is in critical condition after a security guard at the scene intervened. The guard was also burned in the process, and his condition is not immediately known, police say.
“We believe that was an act of extreme political protest,” Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum says during a press conference.
The protester arrived at the building that houses the Israeli consulate and several other businesses and used gasoline to self-immolate, Schierbaum says.
“We believe this building remains safe, and we do not see any threat here,” he adds.
The FBI’s Atlanta office says it was coordinating with local law enforcement on the matter.
#DEVELOPING: ATF, FBI, and APD on scene of an incident outside the Israeli Consulate General building in Atlanta, Georgia, that has left two people injured.
Burnt items are seen at the scene. Circumstances unclear as of now. pic.twitter.com/vuy0Us7QBK
— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) December 1, 2023