IDF soldiers arrested for leaking casualty information on WhatsApp

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three Israeli soldiers were arrested for using the text-messaging service WhatsApp to leak information on Gaza casualties.

The soldiers and a civilian were taken in Wednesday by the Military Police for leaking information about the incident Sunday in which six soldiers were killed and one went missing when their armored personnel carrier was bombed.

Some families of the dead or wounded learned about their sons through WhatsApp and other social media before they could be formally told.

Two families heard through WhatsApp that their sons were killed but learned later that they were injured and in the hospital.

Leaking information about military operations is illegal in Israel.

The soldiers were from the medical corps, the military rabbinate and the IDF human resources branch.

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