Israeli soldiers gather on November 20, 2019 near the settlement Merom Golan in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, seized from Syrian in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. - The Israeli army carried out a

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Sunday that soldiers’ leave will be reduced given the significant rise in COVID-19 morbidity in the military and throughout the state in general.

The IDF decided that soldiers in combat units could leave bases only once in every 21 days, with restrictions on staying at home.

The IDF also plans to cancel large-scale training of reserve units and close all gyms at bases. In addition, the IDF has limited discussions to a maximum of 10 participants, while gatherings will be limited to 30 soldiers indoor and 50 outdoor.

The IDF will also assist the Israeli Health Ministry in epidemiological investigations and allocate about 300 soldiers for this purpose.

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