The Israeli military police have opened an investigation after three members of an elite military unit committed suicide, sources revealed yesterday.
The soldiers from the Givati Brigade, who took part in the ground operation during the recent assault, committed suicide after the Israeli war on Gaza ended.
All the three cases were similar, the newspaper said, as the personal guns were found beside the dead soldiers, and it is hoped the investigation will reveal how the suicides were committed.
One after another, the Givati soldiers began committing suicide after the Israeli operation ended.
The Israeli daily news Maariv explained that these were all cases of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, with two of the soldiers shooting themselves near the border with Gaza.
A senior military psychiatric specialist said that before this operation, last year saw less soldier suicides than normal, with only eight soldiers having committed suicide last year. This may have simply been an anomaly, as it was the lowest in recorded IDF history.
Before that, the rate was on the increase, with suicide being the highest cause of death among IDF soldiers.
Source: Middle East Monitor