IDF soldier wounded in Gaza dies, death toll up to 72

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( Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Sgt. Shahar Shalev, 20, died from wounds he sustained during battle in Gaza.

Shalev was a soldier in the Paratroopers' Brigade who was wounded on July 23. With his death, the overall Israeli death toll from this summer’s conflict with Hamas rose to 72.

Yiska Dekel, the spokeswoman of Moshav Alonei Habashan in the Golan Heights where Shalev lived, said in a statement reported by Haaretz that her community “bows its head in sorrow over the untimely death of one of its children, Shahar Shalev, who fought heroically for our country, was severely wounded early in Operation Protective Edge, and fought for his life until he passed on. Shahar, who was born and raised on Alonei Habashan, has become the first member of our community to fall in Israel’s wars. May he be the last. We thank the nation of Israel, which joined us in prayer.”

Shalev's death comes just days after the death of critically wounded 21-year-old soldier Netanel Maman.

Posted on August 31, 2014 .