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Israelis and Palestinians Killed in the Current Violence

Suicide, number 1 killer in the Israeli army

By Saed Bannoura
From International Middle East Media Center
June 18, 2005

An Israeli source reported that 16 Israeli soldiers committed suicide since the beginning 2005, similar to 2004 suicide remains the number one killer in the Israeli army.

One soldier commits suicide every two weeks, number of soldiers who committed suicide is larger than those killed in military operations, traffic accidents, training and other causes, the source said.

In 2004, two soldiers were killed during training, three during military operations, five in traffic accidents using military vehicles, and 18 in normal traffic accidents.

During the same years the number of soldiers committed suicide, 40 during military operations, while in earlier years, number of soldiers who committed suicide was higher than the number of soldiers killed during military operations.

In most of the cases, the public was not informed of the suicide cases, in some cases the press manages to uncover these events.

Suicide cases in the Israeli army since 1980:

    35 in 1980
    20 in 1981
    31 in 1982
    19 in 1983
    36 in 1984
    26 in 1985
    15 in 1986
    29 in 1987
    30 in 1988
    41 in 1989
    35 in 1990
    41 in 1991
    37 in 1992
    38 in 1993
    43 in 1994
    43 in 1995
    29 in 1996
    32 in 1997
    37 in 1998
    30 in 1999
    24 in 2000
    38 in 2001
    26 in 2002
    37 in 2003
    28 in 2004
    16 until mid 2005

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