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Judea and Samaria police on Monday detained a 20-year-old man who threatened to
set himself on fire inside a National Insurance Institute branch in the Kiryat
Arba settlement earlier in the day.
A spokesman for the Judea and Samaria
police said the man walked into the building doused in liquid, and began
threatening that if the NII did not listen to his grievances he would set
He fled the scene after employees called police. While
witnesses said the man gave off a strong smell of alcohol, when police stopped
him on the street they found that he had doused himself with water, and not any
The man was then taken for a psychological examination
and a meeting with counselors from the Welfare and Social Services
Police said that while the man does not have a criminal record,
he is well-known to social services in Kiryat Arba.
Israel has seen a
wave of attempted and successful self-immolations, since Haifa resident Moshe
Silman set himself on fire during a social justice protest in Tel Aviv on July
Silman died of his wounds a week later, as did a disabled IDF veteran
who set himself aflame later in July.