For the first time since the beginning of the war, the IDF has released comprehensive casualty figures from the battles in the Gaza Strip, revealing how many soldiers have been injured in the line of duty.
Since the beginning of the war, 1,593 combat soldiers have been injured - 255 of them seriously. Another 446 were moderately injured and 892 lightly injured, the IDF announced.
Starting today, the IDF website will update the data on the wounded since the beginning of the war. The data will be updated once a day at 1pm.
The IDF's Air Force tactical search and rescue unit, Unit 669, doctors, and paramedics continue their rescue operations from Gaza. Over the past week, helicopter crews of the search and rescue helicopter squadrons (Yanshuf and Yas'ur), combat soldiers and doctors of Unit 669, along with the medical forces and paramedics on the ground, have carried out approximately 60 evacuations of wounded soldiers from combat zones, providing advanced and life-saving medical treatment.
These evacuations, which are carried out swiftly and under threat from the zone of combat, are added to the tally of evacuations, bringing the total to approximately 300 helicopter evacuations in which about 600 wounded have been evacuated since the beginning of the war.
The rescue operations are led by the assistance officers of the Israeli Air Force's cooperation unit, responsible for the coordination between IDF ground and air forces.