TEL AVIV, Israel, July 21 (UPI) -- The parents of an Israeli soldier said she was punished for desertion even though she became anorexic and feared abuse by her commander.
Ynetnews.com reported Thursday the soldier identified only as "A." joined the army as a healthy teenager and deserted after 18 months at a northern Israel base weighing 75 pounds.
"She spent three months at home. She's a terrific soldier who did not cause any problems during her days in service. She defected only when she couldn't take it anymore and was afraid of what will be done to her," her father said.
Desperate because the soldier's health began to fail as she increasingly refused to eat, her father turned her in to the army, Ynetnews reported.
"Being a soldier, she does not have medical insurance, and the army is the only place where she can get treatment. I was sure she would be given the medical attention she needs immediately," he said.
The soldier was arrested and imprisoned in Tel Hashomer.
"Our child is being moved from mental health officers to army medics to psychiatrics, but is not receiving proper care. The only treatment she has received was a double mattress for her frail body and ointment for sores on her body," the parents wrote in a letter to the Military Court.
"The soldier committed desertion spanning five months and was sentenced to two weeks in military prison which end today. She was examined by a doctor at the time of the arrest and no medical impediment for her detention was found," a military spokesman said.
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