Sgt. Shachar Shalev, Hy”d, Brings Death Toll Rises to 72

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

An IDF soldier wounded during Operation Protective Edge died of his wounds on Sunday, bringing the Israeli death toll in the war, including civilians, to 72.

Sgt. Shachar Shalev, Hy”d, 20, from Alonei Habashan in the North, a soldier in the Paratroopers Brigade, was hurt during operational duty in southern Gaza on July 23.

Shalev, who had been hospitalized at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, had been the most critical of the wounded soldiers. Doctors amputated his legs, and he received over 1,100 blood transfusions.

After news of the soldier’s petirah became public, Shachar’s father told members of the media that “As believing Jews, we accept Hakadosh Baruch Hu’s decision without question.”

Shalev was the 65th soldier to die as a result of Operation Protective Edge.

The news of Shalev’s death came just two days after IDF Sgt. Netanel Maman, 21, from Gan Yavne, died on Friday morning, succumbing to wounds sustained from a rocket attack last week.

Magen David Adom reported 842 Israeli casualties overall during the fighting.

Seven civilians were killed by rocket or mortar strikes, 36 were wounded by shrapnel, including 10 who were seriously hurt, six who were moderately wounded and 20 who sustained light wounds.

MDA added that another 33 people were injured by shattered glass, and that 18 were hurt in traffic accidents that occurred when rocket warning sirens sounded, including one person who was seriously injured. In addition, 159 people were injured while running for bomb shelters, and 581 were treated for shock.