A man in his sixties threatened to set fire to himself on fire in Akko on Wednesday evening. He reportedly had poured flammable liquid on his body. The police prevented him from igniting the flammable material. He was transferred to welfare authorities. No motive has been reported thus far.
This is the 6th self-immolation incident in the past several weeks. The first several incidents were to protest poverty, debt and economic woes.
Moshe Silman, a physically-disabled 57-year-old protester died on July 20th after setting himself on fire at a protest in Tel Aviv leading to several large protests in his memory. A physically-disabled man in the city of Yahud was rescued after setting himself on fire on July 22nd. He also declared his act a protest of what he saw as an unfair cost of living. Also on July 22nd, a woman in her 40s tried to light herself on fire in Tel Aviv after she poured gasoline on herself. Passersby who saw the incident thwarted the attempt. A man in Netivot attempted to set himself on fire on July 23rd. He was stopped by police. Also on July 23rd, a 65-year-old resident of Ofakim tried to self-immolate but was prevented by police and taken for medical treatment.