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Report: Israeli intelligence lieutenant takes own life by jumping from high building

In this file picture, Israeli soldiers walk during clashes with Palestinians in the city of Ramallah, the occupied West Bank. (Photo by Reuters)

A senior Israeli intelligence officer took his own life several weeks ago by jumping from a high building, according to a report which raises concerns about the growing number of suicides within the ranks of the Tel Aviv regime’s military and intelligence apparatus.

Initial investigations asserted that the unnamed lieutenant decided to end his life as a result of personal problems, said the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network, citing a report by the Hebrew-language Israel Hayom daily newspaper.

The newspaper said there are undeniable links between the lieutenant's suicide and the reasons that led to the death of an Israeli intelligence officer inside a military prison last June.

The Israeli officer was found in serious condition in his cell at the newly-opened Neve Tzedek prison on the night of May 16, 2021 and later pronounced dead in what military officials alleged was a suspected suicide.

Though an autopsy was performed, no official cause of death was determined.

The officer was described by people who worked with him as a computer prodigy, beginning to work in programming as a teenager.

“[He] is one of the best engineers I have ever met. I had the privilege of recruiting him and being his ‘boss’ for 18 months, when he was only 17 years old. During that time he was INCREDIBLE! We managed to learn all the different aspects of our system and were able to improve most of them,” one former employer said at the time.

Another described him as having much talent with computers.

“That feeling, of seeing a talent so extraordinary, is something we should consider ourselves lucky to witness, and I consider myself that kind of lucky,” he said. 

Suicide remains the leading cause of death, with at least 11 Israeli soldiers believed to have taken their own lives in 2021 and another two whose deaths are currently designated as accidents but which may also have been suicide, said Brigadier Geneneral Yoram Knafo, chief of staff of the Israeli army’s manpower directorate.

Israeli troops rustle 250 goats from southern Lebanon

Separately, reports said Israeli military forces have snatched more than two hundred goats in southern Lebanon.

Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Manar television network reported that the troops stole 250 goats belonging to the Lebanese shepherd Wissam Abdul Aal, as he was grazing the livestock within the Lebanese territories in Kfarchouba Heights near the Blue Line, which separates Lebanon from the Israeli-occupied territories.

The report added that the Israeli soldiers took the goats to their military base in Ruwaisat al-Samaqa area.

In 2010, Lebanon filed a complaint with the UN Security Council, accusing Israeli soldiers of entering its territory and stealing goats.

Israel also violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis through sending reconnaissance drones.

The Lebanese government, the Hezbollah resistance movement, and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, have repeatedly condemned the over-flights, saying they are in clear violation of UN Resolution 1701 and the country’s sovereignty.

UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the 2006 war, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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