Three IDF soldiers who fought in Operation Protective Edge have taken their own lives in recent weeks. The army is investigating whether there was a connection between the suicides and traumatic experiences the soldiers had during the war.
The three soldiers, conscripts serving in the Givati Brigade, each ended their lives within days of each other. The three are believed to have used their personal weapons, which were found next to their bodies, to commit suicide.
The IDF's criminal investigation division (CID) opened an investigation into the three incidents.
One of the possible lines of inquiry is the possibility the soldiers were suffering serious emotional trauma as a result of their experiences in the war, and decided to end their lives as a consequence.
The IDF spokesman said in response: "The IDF expresses its condolences to the families and will continue accompanying them. The CID is investigating the incidents."
Several days ago, the Medical Corps sent text messages to conscript soldiers who took part in Protective Edge, informing them of the option to receive psychological help should they need it from the mental health officer in their unit. Reserve soldiers can call 03-7377007 to seek help.