Final Soldier Killed in Protective Edge, Shachar Shalev, Laid to Rest
1st Sgt. Shachar Shalev was laid to rest Monday afternoon in Israel’s Hipsin cemetery. Shalev succumbed Sunday to wounds he sustained on July 23 during Operation Protective Edge, when a roadside bomb detonated in Khan Yunis, killing his commander and two fellow soldiers. He was 20 years old.
Shalev was a sergeant in the Paratroopers’ Brigade, and was promoted upon his death. 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.
Last week, Tazpit News Agency reported on the overwhelming public turnout to donate blood platelets for Shalev, who required a platelet transfusion daily. He is the latest casualty from this summer’s Gaza war, which has taken 72 lives in Israel, 66 of them IDF soldiers.
On Friday, Sgt. Netanel Maman died of wounds he sustained on August 22 from rocket shrapnel, 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 with his brother when it was hit. He was laid to rest on the day of his passing at Gan Yavneh cemetery.