IDF veteran wakes up, 5 months after self-immolating in protest of state’s care

IDF disabled veteran Itzik Saidyan. (Facebook)
IDF disabled veteran Itzik Saidyan. (Facebook)

Itzik Saidyan, an IDF veteran who self-immolated in April in protest of the state’s treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, has gained consciousness for the first time in more than five months, the hospital where he’s being treated says.

Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv says that Saidyan’s condition has improved, he has woken up and is responding to his surroundings.

On April 13, Saidyan doused himself in a flammable liquid and set himself on fire outside the offices of the ministry’s Rehabilitation Department in the central town of Petah Tikva.

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