Speaking for the family of fallen IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Oron Shaul a family member, Racheli Gazit, stated that the family trusts that the IDF is doing everything it can to ensure that the body of Oron Shaul is returned to Israel for proper burial.
Shaul, who was unaccounted for after an attack on his armored personnel carrier in Gaza killed six other soldiers, was declared dead by the IDF’s chief rabbi on July 25.
The IDF originally announced that St.-Sgt. Shaul was missing after Hamas claimed to have kidnapped an Israeli soldier, not saying whether he was alive or dead.
The Army later said that he had been killed in action, although his body has yet to be recovered. No funeral has taken place, though Ms. Gazit said that the family has concluded the shiva mourning period.