72nd Soldier Died of Wounds Received in Gaza

Sergeant Shachar Shalev, who was seriously wounded only six days into the IDF’s ground incursion into Gaza, died Sunday after fighting for his life for 5 weeks in the hospital. 20 years old from a moshav in the Golan Heights and a paratrooper in the army, Shachar lost both of his legs. Please pray for the family and friends of Shachar during their time of mourning. The fighting may be over, but the pains of war continue to be felt. May God bring comfort and peace to all those who are impacted by the loss of this soldiers life.

Israeli’s who Suffered Losses
Since the beginning of the operation on July 8th, 4,564 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel from Gaza Strip. Most proved to be harmless when of the 3,641 which exploded in Israeli territory only 224 hit residential areas, and the remaining fell in open areas; Iron Dome intercepted over 735. Israel’s death toll stood at 64 soldiers and six civilians. There were 3,000 claims for damage, $20 million for direct damages and another $21 million for indirect damages and missed workdays for residents that live near Gaza. These numbers are people who lost loved ones and children, lost their homes, work places damaged or destroyed, and farmers unable to work for over 50 days. Please pray for the physical, emotional and spiritual health of all the individuals and families that were negatively affected by the recent attacks. Pray that God will comfort them in their mourning and recovery. May the Peace of God rest upon them and that He will use this as an opportunity to bring people closer to Him.

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