JERUSALEM -- Israeli police says a second Israeli man has set himself on fire after falling on hard times.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a man in his late 40s set himself ablaze Sunday near a bus stop in central Israel. Onlookers tried to extinguish the flames. He was rushed to the hospital with severe burns.

The man's brother told Israeli media he faced large debts and warned his family he would follow in the footsteps of Moshe Silman, who set himself on fire at a protest against Israel's high cost of living last week. Silman later died of his wounds and was buried Sunday.

Cases of self-immolation as a form of protest are extremely rare in Israel, but Rosenfeld said four Israelis have attempted or threatened it since Silman's act.

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  • An Israeli man covers his face with a bandage as others, not seen, block a highway in Tel Aviv on Sunday, July 15, 2012, during a protest against the economic policies of Israel's government and to show solidarity with Moshe Silman, an Israeli protester who set himself on fire on Saturday during a protest. The sign in Hebrew reads: "Bibi you burned me too," referring to Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his nickname. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

  • People try to extinguish the fire after a man set himself alight in Tel Aviv, Israel on Saturday, July 14, 2012 during rally marking the anniversary of a wave of demonstrations that swept the country to protest the high cost of living and other social issues. He was later rushed to a hospital where he is being treated for serious burns, police said. (AP Photo/Ben Kelmer)

  • An Israeli man walks on a highway in Tel Aviv as others, not seen, block the road during a protest on Sunday, July 15, 2012, against the economic policies of Israel's government and to show solidarity with Moshe Silman, an Israeli protester who set himself on fire on Saturday during a protest. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

  • Israelis block a highway in Tel Aviv on Sunday, July 15, 2012, during a protest against the economic policies of Israel's government and to show solidarity with Moshe Silman, an Israeli protester who set himself on fire on Saturday during a protest. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)