A 20-year-old IDF soldier who sustained critical injuries on July 23 in southern Gaza succumbed to his injuries in hospital on Sunday.

The army named the soldier as Sgt. Shahar Shalev, from Alonei Habashan in the Golan Heights. Shalev served in the Paratrooper Brigade.

He is the 72nd Israeli casualty of the war with Hamas.

On Friday, Sgt. Netanel Maman, 21, from Gan Yavne, died on Friday morning, dying of wounds sustained from a rocket attack last week.

Maman, a Gaza veteran, sustained head injuries from shrapnel when a rocket struck near the car he was traveling in while on leave near Ashdod.

Shalev’s death brings the toll from Operation Protective Edge on the Israeli side to 72, with 65 of them soldiers.

According to Magen David Adom, there were 842 Israeli casualties 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 hurt 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. Also, 159 people were injured while running for bomb shelters, and 581 were treated for shock.

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