Outbreak of intestinal diseases and food poisoning among Israeli soldiers due to food (social media)

Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the occupation forces in the Gaza Strip have faced a rise in cases of intestinal diseases and food poisoning among soldiers, and 2000,<> Israeli soldiers have received psychiatric assistance since the battle of Toufan Al-Aqsa.

The Israeli newspaper said Israeli forces in Gaza had faced an "extraordinary spike" in these cases among soldiers in recent weeks.

According to Yedioth Ahronoth, 18 Israeli soldiers were evacuated from Gaza to the brigade's training base for medical treatment after an outbreak of dysentery (shigella bacteria) and symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting.

The doctors attributed the spread of these bacteria among the occupation forces to the lack of hygiene and food donations from the public, as many restaurants and Israelis used to send food to the occupation soldiers in the Gaza Strip.

According to the journalist, the occupation army sent a team to clean the area where the soldiers were staying, and a spokesman for the occupation army said, "This is a one-time incident in which about 18 soldiers were infected with intestinal diseases, and the fighters were evacuated from the Gaza Strip and received medical care accordingly."

The newspaper revealed that one of the "striking and worrying" results is that shigella bacteria cause dysentery, and in many cases cause severe diarrhea and high temperature, which is a very serious disease, and has spread among the occupation soldiers in Gaza, and the infection is through direct contact between one person and another or through food.

Dr. Tal Brosh, director of the infectious diseases unit at Assuta General Hospital in Ashdod, explains that the outbreak of this bacterium has operational consequences: "If there are 10 soldiers in an infantry company with a fever of up to 40 degrees and suffering from diarrhea every 20 minutes, they are unfit for combat and put themselves at risk."

The newspaper quoted one soldier in Gaza as saying that the bulk of the food in his unit where he serves comes from food donations, noting that "the food of the military is inedible."

Psychological suffering

In a related context, the Israel Broadcasting Corporation said that 2000,7 soldiers have received psychiatric assistance since the Al-Aqsa flood operation on October 200, including 27 during the first three weeks of the ground operation in the Gaza Strip, which began on October <>.

Between 75 and 80 percent of these recruits, who were classified wounded in battle, were able to return to the ranks of their units in the field and continue their participation, she said.

According to the commission, a battlefield casualty is defined as a soldier who has been subjected to an event such as shooting, confrontation, injury, or has witnessed serious injuries and dangerous scenes of others, which led to a decline in his performance.

The damage at the functional level can manifest itself in his reactions such as isolation, silence, anxiety, stress or the general feeling of difficulty that accompanies a soldier in such situations.

The Israeli army has stated that the death toll – since the beginning of the war on Gaza on October 7 / October – has risen to 401 soldiers and officers.

Source: Israeli Press + Anadolu Agency