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article imageMan commits suicide by jumping from the Eiffel Tower, Paris

By Lesley Lanir     Jun 26, 2012 in World
Paris - A 25-year-old man, reported to be an Israeli citizen, has committed suicide by jumping to his death from the Eiffel Tower, Paris.
Israeli National News Arutz Sheva and news radio station Galgalatz report that Israel's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that an Israeli citizen has jumped to his death from the Eiffel Tower. Details of his identity have not yet been released.
The Times of Israel reports that the man bypassed security after dark, climbed the tower's western pillar and had reached the third level deck at 276 meters (906 feet) before rescuers got to him.
The rescuers tried to coax the man down but he jumped and landed on the second platform below.
The Times of Israel report that the company managing the 324-meter (1063-feet) global landmark, state it was the first suicide there in two years.
Queue at the third tower of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Queue at the third tower of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Global Travel Industry News reports that early Monday morning a woman attempted a copycat suicide jump but the authorities intervened by helicopter and stopped her.
Security has been increased around the famous tourist attraction.
Despite attempts to secure the Eiffel Tower and install preventative measures, people manage to jump. The first successful suicide there occurred July 15th, 1898 when a 23-year-old man hung himself from one of the beams. Since its construction over 120 years ago, approximately 400 people have used the tower to kill themselves.
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