Saturday, January 3, 2015

Israel Defense Forces Double Suicide Rate from 2013

Suicide Rates More Than Doubled Among Soldiers Serving The Israel Defense Forces 
IB Times
By Morgan Winsor
January 02 2015
Israeli soldiers rest in the shade of trees near central Gaza Strip in July 2014. Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly
More than 2,000 Palestinians -- mostly civilians -- and 63 IDF solders were killed during Operation Protective Edge. Israeli airstrikes in Gaza have devastated the area and displaced about 425,000 people, according to Reuters.
The total number of soldier suicides in the Israel Defense Forces has more than doubled in 2014 -- one year after the soldier suicide rate fell to a historic low, according to a report released Friday.

The Israeli military denied any connection between the sharp increase and the Israel-Gaza conflict, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Seven Israeli soldiers committed suicide in 2013. Since then, 15 soldiers have taken their own lives, according to the military’s latest figures. 
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