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Sister of IDF vet who self-immolated: Others with PTSD want to harm themselves, too

The sister of Itzik Saidyan, an IDF veteran suffering from PTSD who was critically hurt when he set himself alight last month after struggling to receive help from the Defense Ministry, says her brother’s condition is stable but that there still is a risk to his life.

In an interview with Ynet news site, Leah Saidyan also comments on today’s protest over the government’s delay in approving a plan to improve care for wounded vets.

“I feel that he was burned again. I have received appeals from people with post-trauma that includes their threats, that they say they want to do things to themselves. I’m dying of fear. We stop them, talk with them.”

Leah Saidyan at a protest in Jerusalem held by wounded IDF veterans, May 5, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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