11 Israeli soldiers abandon mission
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:45AM GMT
Amid growing economic crisis, eleven soldiers of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have abandoned their operational missions in protest over their financial problems, reports say.
They also said their comrades ridiculed them because they could not afford to buy certain supplies, and their commanders are oblivious to their problems, the Arutz Sheva reported.
The soldiers, from Duchifat unit, claimed that they do not receive any financial support from the army and some of them are hungry.
Analysts believe that the financial crisis gripping Israel is the result of Tel Aviv's excessive spending on military hardware as well as settlement expansion.
On Saturday, thousands of Israelis took to the streets to protest corruption, lack of jobs and opportunities and high living costs.
The protesters have also called for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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