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Police: Suicide rates rose alarmingly in the West Bank in 2014

March 7, 2015 11:57 A.M. (Updated: March 8, 2015 11:50 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) – Suicide and suicide attempts in the West Bank rose noticeably in 2014 and have become a serious phenomenon which necessitates studies to try and restrict it especially among youths and in the countryside, Palestinian police say.

Police spokesman Luay Irzeiqat told Ma'an that police investigated 32 suicides in 2014 compared to 19 in 2013 and eight in 2012 marking an alarming jump of 400 percent since 2012.

According to police records, 22 people committed suicide by hanging themselves with ropes in 2014, while six jumped from heights, two took overdoses of pills, one took pesticides and one took poison.

The number of males was 21 compared to 11 females for the same year.

Twelve of the Palestinians who committed suicide in 2014 were married men and women, and 20 were unmarried.

The lowest suicide rate in 2014 was in refugee camps with only three cases out of 32, compared to 21 in the countryside and eight in cities.

Hebron district in the southern West Bank had the highest rates with nine suicide cases followed by Nablus in the north with eight cases. Bethlehem in the south and Qalqiliya in the northwest had only one case each.

The highest rate of suicide was among young people 18-25 with 34.3 percent and the lowest was among adults older than 46, according to police statistics.

Psychological disorders topped the motives for suicide followed by family disputes, then emotional troubles. Financial troubles were also among the motives but to a very low degree, according to police.

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