A day after Haifa resident Moshe Silman
sets himself on fire during a social justice protest in Tel Aviv, an Ariel resident threatens to burn himself in a cell phone store in Petah Tikva.
The man, 52, walked into an Orange store while carrying a bottle of inflammable liquid in his hand. He told the salespeople that he had a debt of NIS 20,000 with the cell phone company and that he was unable to pay it.
The suspect threatened to pour inflammable liquid and set himself on fire. The store's security guard, who witnessed the incident, quickly grabbed the man and managed to take away the bottle.
Police officers who were called to the scene detained the suspect and took him in for an investigation. The police have yet to decide whether to hold the man or release him under limiting conditions.
Meanwhile, Silman, who suffered burns on over 90% of his body, remains in critical condition. He has been hospitalized at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, where doctors are fighting for his life.
Carmit Reuven contributed to this report