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Thousands attend funeral of 66th Israeli soldier who was killed in Operation Protective Edge (video)

By Mason White 4:04 PM September 2, 2014
First Sgt. Shachar Shalev laid to rest 

By: Ze’ev Ben-Yechiel
(Scroll down for video) Thousands of Israelis paid their last respects to the 66th soldier killed as a result of Operation Protective Edge, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

First Sgt. Shachar Shalev was laid to rest on Monday afternoon, in the cemetery in Hipsin.

Shalev, 20, succumbed to his wounds he sustained on July 23, when a roadside bomb detonated in Khan Yunis, killing his commander and two fellow soldiers.

Shalev was a sergeant in the Paratroopers’ Brigade, and was promoted upon his burial. He was a resident of Alonei Bashan in the Golan Heights, and is survived by his mother Naomi, his father Shimon, and his five siblings.

Shalev is the final casualty from this summer’s Gaza war, which has taken 72 Israeli lives, 66 of them IDF soldiers.

Last Friday, Sgt. Netanel Maman died of wounds he sustained on August 22, from shrapnel of a rocket that exploded next to Gan Yavneh in the Ashdod region.

Maman was on leave from Operation Protective Edge at the time, and was riding in a car driven by his brother when the shrapnel hit them.

He was laid to rest at the Gan Yavneh cemetery.