The Israeli army revealed, on Tuesday, that 11 of its soldiers committed suicide during the past year.
This came according to data issued by the Army’s Manpower Directorate for a summary of 2021, and published by the “Israel Hayom” newspaper.
In total, last year witnessed the death of 31 Israeli soldiers for various reasons, including operational activity, accidents, suicide and disease, according to the same source.
Ten soldiers were killed in road accidents while they were outside the army bases, six soldiers died of illness, and two soldiers were killed in other accidents whose circumstances weren’t clear, according to the same source.
An Israeli soldier was killed, after a colleague shot him by mistake, while another fell by an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip during the military operation launched by Israel on the Strip last May.
According to the data, the largest number of Israeli soldiers killed during 2021 as a result of suicide, by 11 soldiers, three of whom are members of the Ethiopian community (the number in Israel until the end of 2017 was about 148,000).
In 2020, 28 Israeli soldiers were killed for various reasons, including 9 who committed suicide.