Protester self-immolates outside Israeli consulate

STORY: The person, whom officials did not identify, is in critical condition, Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said at a news conference. "We believe that was an act of extreme political protest," the chief said.

The protester arrived around 12:17 p.m. at the office building, which houses the consulate as well as several businesses, and used gasoline, police said.

A security guard who attempted to intervene was also injured. "Both individuals sustained burns, the security guard was burned on his wrist as well as his leg." the fire chief said.

Israel resumed its military offensive in Gaza on Friday after talks to extend a week-long truce collapsed.

Israel has vowed to annihilate Hamas after the militant group attacked southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people and taking 240 hostages, according to Israeli tallies, dozens of whom were released during the truce.

More than 15,000 residents of Gaza have been killed during Israel's assault, Palestinian officials say, which has destroyed much of the enclave.