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20-year-old elite IDF Paratrooper dies after being wounded from roadside bomb (video)

By Mason White 3:19 PM August 31, 2014
Shahar Shalev 

By: Aryeh Savir
(Scroll down for video) A young IDF soldier of an elite unit died after being wounded from a roadside bomb, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

20-year-old Sergeant Shahar Shalev of the Paratrooper Recon Unit, died on Sunday morning, of injuries he suffered during Operation Protective Edge.

Shalev is the 72nd Israeli casualty of the operation and the 66th soldier to fall.

Shalev was operating with his unit in Khan Yunis, when he was hit by the roadside bomb. Three other soldiers were killed in the incident; Lieutenant Paz Eliyahu, 22, of Kibbutz Evron, Staff Sergeant Lee Matt, 19, of Eilat, and Staff Sergeant Shahar Dauber, 20, of Kibbutz Ginegar.

Shalev’s right leg had to be amputated because of his injuries one week ago. He fought a courageous battle to survive the severe wounds he incurred, but succumbed to them this morning.

Shalev of Alonei HaBashan in the Golan Heights, is survived by his parents Shimon and Naomi, who were at his bedside throughout his medical battle of survival.

He also left behind five siblings. He is the first resident of Alonei HaBashan to fall during service in the IDF.

Last week, the Tazpit News Agency reported about a special platelet drive conducted for Shalev, who required a platelet transfusion daily. There was an overwhelming public response to the call.

Sergeant Natanel Maman, 22, who was critically wounded by shrapnel from a rocket that exploded next to Gan Yavneh in the Ashdod region, died of his wounds on Friday morning, at the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. He was laid to rest at the Gan Yavneh cemetery the same day.