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IDF: 600 wounded soldiers evacuated since start of Gaza op

In the past week, about 60 evacuations were carried out from the combat zone.

A IAF helicopter flies near the border with the Gaza Strip, Nov. 1, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90.
A IAF helicopter flies near the border with the Gaza Strip, Nov. 1, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90.

The Israel Defense Forces has conducted 300 evacuations for a total of 600 wounded soldiers since the start of ground operations against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Oct. 27, the army said on Sunday.

Daily updates on the wounded in Gaza will be included on the IDF website starting on Sunday, the military also said.

These rescue missions are carried out quickly due to the dangerous conditions in the combat zone, the IDF explained. They involve the coordination of helicopter crews; doctors from the Special Tactics Rescue Unit 669, the air force’s heliborne Combat Search and Rescue extraction unit; and paramedics on the ground.

The rescue operations are led by aid officers of the Air Force Cooperation Unit, who are responsible for the connection between the ground and air forces.

In just the past week, about 60 evacuations of wounded soldiers were carried out from the combat area. The IDF provided video documentation of an evacuation from Dec. 4.

Ninety-eight soldiers have been killed in action in Gaza since the start of the ground operation; 425 Israeli soldiers have died since the war began on Oct. 7.

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