Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced on Monday that the Israeli army urgently needs 10,000 additional soldiers amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip.

“The army needs 10,000 more soldiers immediately,” Gallant stated, according to Army Radio, during a session of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

He mentioned that the army could recruit 4,800 soldiers from ultra-Orthodox males.

This follows last week’s unanimous ruling by Israel’s Supreme Court that ultra-Orthodox Jews must be subject to the military draft, ending decades of their exemption from service.

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