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Israeli man jumps to his death from Eiffel Tower

A 25-year-old man from Israel has jumped to his death from the Eiffel Tower after thwarting security measures and climbing it at twilight.

The unnamed man climbed the tower's western pillar after it was closed to the public last night. He was approaching the third-level observatory deck of the tower, at 906 feet, when rescue climbers made it to the scene.

The rescue climbers starting talking to him but then he jumped, landing on the tower's second floor and dying on impact, soon after midnight.

Paris prosecutor's spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said: "He jumped into the air. ... It was not an accidental fall."

She said he was born in Israel and had an Israeli passport. It is unclear whether he was a tourist.

The tower was open as usual today after the incident.

The company that manages the 1,063ft tower said it was the first suicide there in two years. The company said such incidents are very rare.

Some seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower every year.

Belfast Telegraph