IDF rehab center forecasting another 16,000 wounded in war this year

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The Defense Ministry rehabilitation center says it is anticipating receiving some 20,000 additional wounded veterans over the coming year, as fighting in the Gaza Strip continues into its fifth month.

So far, since October 7, the rehab unit has dealt with more than 5,500 soldiers, the ministry says.

It expects that of the 20,000 in the coming year, at least 80 percent, or 16,000, will be due to injuries sustained in the war.

Currently, the rehab center aids some 62,000 soldiers, many of whom are physically wounded, but also those suffering from PTSD.

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