22 year old Mohunud Younis is the latest to fall victim to the depressive state of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Mohunud Younis was a writer of a number of short stories and a newly graduated chemist. His name is now added to a long list of people who have sadly taken their lives, mainly due to the situation caused by the Israeli regimes 11 year ongoing siege.

Unfortunately, despite how suicide is frowned upon – in Palestinian culture and also Islam – it is a rising trend in Gaza, with many people, young and old taking their lives by way of hanging, jumping off buildings, shooting themselves, overdosing on pills and setting themselves on fire.

Last year suicide rates increased around 40% from the same period (March) during the year before, according to Euro-Mediterranean human rights monitor and this year the figures have yet again increased.

80-90% of people in Gaza suffer from some sort of stress induced psychological disorder and the recent electricity crisis has not helped. People in Gaza really do feel trapped with no way to escape and that’s because this feeling is reality.

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I do not deny that he might have committed suicide but I never rule out the sophisticated terror methods of Musad and the Israeli army. Israel is notorious for killing scientists of even friendly countries.

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Suicide isn’t “frowned upon” in Islam. It’s one of the worst sins and almost automatically leads to eternal damnation. And the same is true for Christianity. You sound as if European culture applauds suicide. (There was such a current in some philosophies, but this was merely the thinking a few marginal groups.