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IDF vet with PTSD warned he may hurt himself before self-immolation — report

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16.04.2021

A day before setting himself alight outside a Defense Ministry rehabilitation center, a former soldier with a post-traumatic stress disorder reached out to a social worker warning he may harm himself, according to a report Friday.

Itzik Saidyan, 26, remains in critical condition after his self-immolation on Monday outside the Petah Tikva offices of the Rehabilitation Department for disabled soldiers.

Army Radio reported that on Sunday Saidyan had contacted his social worker, warning his situation was getting worse and that he could not go on any longer. However, he did not receive a response, according to the report.

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The Defense Ministry confirmed Saidyan sent a message Sunday to the social worker, but gave a different version of events.

“The worker got back to him immediately and when he did not answer, acted according to protocol — she contacted those responsible for treating him, his psychiatrist, his counselor from one of the NGOs and his........

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