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.