An anti-Israel protester is in critical condition after setting herself on fire Friday outside an Israeli Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia.

Police have described the incident as an "extreme act of political protest."

According to officials, a Palestinian Authority flag was recovered from the scene of the incident.

Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said the protester used petrol and suffered "100% burns."

He added, "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."

Schierbaum also said that his department had contacted the Department of Homeland Security and their state counterparts.

A security guard who attempted to save the protester suffered burns to his wrist and leg, and was evacuated to a hospital.

Anat Sultan-Dadon, Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States, responded to the incident, stressing that, "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.

"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."