News   /   Palestine

Hamas: Biden administration responsible for death of US airman protesting Israel's Gaza war

US Air Force engineer Aaron Bushnell, 25, begins to go up in flames after lighting himself on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C. on February 25, 2024.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has accounted the administration of US President Joe Biden responsible for the death of an American soldier who set himself on fire outside the embassy of the Israeli regime in protest at Tel Aviv's war on Gaza. 

“The Biden administration bears full responsibility for the death of the airman in the US army, Aaron Bushnell, due to its policy that has supported the Zionist regime in its genocidal war against our Palestinian people,” Hamas said in a statement in the early hours of Tuesday.

Hamas stressed that the tragic incident acknowledges “the growing anger” among the American people who reject their country’s support for Israel.

The movement also offered its condolences to the family and friends of the American pilot.

“Aaron Bushnell immortalized his name as a defender of humanitarian values and the oppressed Palestinian people … just as did the American activist, Rachel Corrie, who was crushed [to death] by an Israeli bulldozer in Rafah in 2003,” it noted.

In March 2003, Corrie was killed while she was protesting against the Israeli destruction of Palestinians’ homes in Gaza.

In a video, which was live-streamed on the social media platform Twitch on Sunday but was later removed, Bushnell, an active-duty member of the US Air Force, said “I will no longer be complicit in genocide.”

He was yelling “Free Palestine!” repeatedly, as he was going up in flames after setting himself on fire.

Protests against Israel have become a near-daily occurrence across the United States since the regime launched its bloody campaign in Gaza in early October.

Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime's decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.

Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed nearly 30,000 Palestinians and injured more than 70,000 others.

Press TV’s website can also be accessed at the following alternate addresses:

Press TV News Roku