At least 237 Israeli soldiers have committed suicide over the past ten years, a report says. According to secret data released by the Israeli military, an average of 24 troops decide to take their own lives every year, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Thursday.
According to the report, an annual average of 40 Israeli army forces also killed themselves between 1990 and 2000.The official data regarding the suicide rate had been released for the first time by an unknown Israeli blogger, who was later investigated by Israeli police. The blogger also found out that the real number of suicides in the Israeli army had been much greater than what the official data show. The Israeli newspaper Maariv published an article in 2003, saying that suicide had been the number one cause of death in the Israeli army. The Israeli ministry for military affairs recently reported that the number of Israeli soldiers who committed suicide exceeds that of those killed in battles. MKA/HSN