Police save woman who tried to set herself alight

Officers responded to call from member of the public who reported seeing a woman in her car pouring a liquid on herself.

August 7, 2012 01:44
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Police car in Tel Aviv at night 311. (photo credit: Yoni Cohen)


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Police officers saved a woman who attempted to set herself on fire in her vehicle on Monday.

Officers responded to a call from a member of the public who reported seeing a woman in her car on Route 6 pouring a liquid on herself.

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Traffic Police began a search for the car, finding it after several minutes on Route 1 near Lod driving along the highway.

Officers pulled the vehicle over, and upon opening the driver’s door smelled flammable liquid.

“She had a cloth on her legs and a lighter in her hands,” police said.

The woman was crying and experiencing a breakdown. Officers removed the items from her hand and took her to a police station.

Meanwhile, police are continuing to investigate whether a man found dead at his son’s grave at a Tel Aviv cemetery last week had set fire to himself.

The burned out body was found at a cemetery at Tel Aviv’s Nahalat Yitzhak neighborhood. A member of the public visiting the cemetery found the body and called police.

Police forensics officers are still attempting to determine the cause of death.

Two people have lost their life by setting fire to themselves in recent weeks and several others have attempted to copy the act.

Moshe Silman, the first to carry out the act, poured flammable liquid on himself and set himself on fire at a Tel Aviv social protest movement.

He had earlier handed out a letter citing desperation following financial ruin and bureaucratic difficulties.

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