Israeli soldier dies of wounds from Gaza fighting

AFP , Sunday 31 Aug 2014

An Israeli paratrooper wounded in fighting in the Gaza Strip during the 50-day Israeli offensive died in hospital on Sunday, the army said.

"Sergeant Shachar Shalev... who was critically injured during combat in the Gaza Strip on July 23, died of his wounds," a statement said.

His death brought to 66 the number of soldiers killed during the seven-week assault on Gaza.

The conflict also killed six civilians on the Israeli side, including a Thai worker and a four-year-old boy.

More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in Israel's bombardment of the narrow coastal territory, according to the United Nations.

The war began on July 8 and ended with a ceasefire on Tuesday.

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