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30k Israeli soldiers treated for mental health since start of war in Gaza: Report

Around 30,000 Israeli soldiers have called up a mental health hotline since the outbreak of the war in the Gaza Strip on Oct. 7, according to the army.

A military statement said that around 85% of the soldiers who sought psychological treatment had returned to active duty.

“Around 200 soldiers were discharged from the army due to the psychological problems they suffered” from the war, it added.

The Israeli army’s Medical Corps plans to inaugurate a new mental health center for soldiers, amid fears of troops developing post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the Gaza war.

The new mental health center will include a clinic to treat PTSD among troops, the army said.

On Feb. 2, Yekhiel Levechitz, the head of the army’s clinical department for mental illnesses, stated around 3,000 soldiers had been examined by mental health experts since Oct. 7.

Israel has launched a deadly offensive on the Gaza Strip following an Oct. 7 Hamas attack, which Tel Aviv says killed nearly 1,200 people.

The ensuing Israeli bombardment has killed more than 30,000 Palestinians and injured over 70,000 with mass destruction and shortages of necessities.

The Israeli war has pushed 85% of Gaza’s population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water, and medicine, while 60% of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. An interim ruling in January ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

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