Israeli soldier dies from wounds sustained in Gaza

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Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Staff Sgt. Moshe Melako, 20, during his funeral at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem, Monday, July 21, 2014. Melako was one of 13 soldiers killed in several separate incidents in Shijaiyah on Sunday, as Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price, killing scores of Palestinians and more than a dozen Israeli soldiers. In Israel, a country where military service is mandatory for most citizens, military losses are considered every bit as tragic as civilian ones. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
An Israeli woman cries during the funeral of Staff Sgt. Moshe Melako, 20, at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem, Monday, July 21, 2014. Melako was one of 13 soldiers killed in several separate incidents in Shijaiyah on Sunday, as Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price, killing scores of Palestinians and more than a dozen Israeli soldiers. In Israel, a country where military service is mandatory for most citizens, military losses are considered every bit as tragic as civilian ones. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israelis take cover as a siren sounds during a rocket attack fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, July 21, 2014. Over the weekend, the first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price, killing scores of Palestinians and more than a dozen Israeli soldiers. In Israel, a country where military service is mandatory for most citizens, military losses are considered every bit as tragic as civilian ones. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral of Maj. Tzafrir Bar-Or, 32, one of 13 soldiers killed in several separate incidents in Shijaiyah on Sunday, at the military cemetery in Holon, Israel, Monday, July 21, 2014. On Sunday, the first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price, killing scores of Palestinians and more than a dozen Israeli soldiers. In Israel, a country where military service is mandatory for most citizens, military losses are considered every bit as tragic as civilian ones. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Ofer, right, father of Israeli soldier Oz Mendelovich, one of 13 soldiers killed in several separate incidents in Shijaiyah on Sunday, comforts another soldier during his son's funeral at the military cemetery in Misgav, northern Israel, Monday, July 21, 2014. On Sunday, the first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price, killing scores of Palestinians and more than a dozen Israeli soldiers and forcing thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their devastated Shijaiyah neighborhood, which Israel says is a major source for rocket fire against its civilians. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Smoke rises after an Israeli shelling at the Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, Monday, July 21, 2014. The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel's defense minister pledged to keep fighting "as long as necessary," raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A man uses binoculars to look at the Gaza Strip from his balcony in the town of Sderot after a group of Hamas militants was detected infiltrating into Israel, Monday, Jul(y 21, 2014. The Israeli military said 10 infiltrators were killed after being detected and targeted by Israeli aircraft. Israel invaded Gaza late last week, preceded by a 10-day air campaign. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Relatives of Staff Sgt. Moshe Melako, 20, mourn during his funeral at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem, Monday, July 21, 2014. Melako was one of 13 soldiers killed in several separate incidents in Shijaiyah on Sunday, as Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price, killing scores of Palestinians and more than a dozen Israeli soldiers and forcing thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their devastated Shijaiyah neighborhood, which Israel says is a major source for rocket fire against its civilians. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
A wounded Israeli soldier arrives for the funeral of Maj. Tzafrir Bar-Or, 32, one of 13 soldiers killed in several separate incidents in Shijaiyah on Sunday, at the military cemetery in Holon, Israel, Monday, July 21, 2014. On Sunday, the first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price, killing scores of Palestinians and more than a dozen Israeli soldiers. In Israel, a country where military service is mandatory for most citizens, military losses are considered every bit as tragic as civilian ones. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Israeli soldiers hug during the funeral of Staff Sgt. Moshe Melako, 20, at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem, Monday, July 21, 2014. Melako was one of 13 soldiers killed in several separate incidents in Shijaiyah on Sunday, as Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price, killing scores of Palestinians and more than a dozen Israeli soldiers and forcing thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their devastated Shijaiyah neighborhood, which Israel says is a major source for rocket fire against its civilians. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military says a soldier wounded in fighting in the Gaza Strip died Sunday, bringing the Israeli military toll in the recently concluded conflict to 66.

The military says 20-year-old Sergeant Shachar Shalev was wounded on July 23, six days after Israeli ground forces entered the densely populated coastal strip.

Six civilians were also killed on the Israeli side, including one agricultural worker from Thailand.

More than 2,100 Palestinians, mainly civilians, were killed during the 50-day war.

The war stemmed from the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens by Hamas operatives in the West Bank in June, which prompted Israel to arrest hundreds of members of the Islamic movement in the most sweeping crackdown in the West Bank in years. Hamas responded with increased rocket fire from Gaza, which prompted more than a week of Israeli air raids followed by the ground operation.

Israel and Hamas agreed last Tuesday to an open-ended truce. The cease-fire brought an immediate end to the fighting but left key disputes unresolved.

While Israel agreed to loosen its long-standing blockade to allow humanitarian aid and reconstruction materials into Gaza, many of the border restrictions will remain in place. Hamas, meanwhile, rejected Israel's demands that it disarm. The two sides are set to hold indirect talks on both issues in Egypt next month.

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