IDF Captain Ziv Shilon, a Givati brigade company commander, was seriously injured when a bomb went off on the Gaza border fence.
One week later he told reporters: "I remember losing one hand and then seeing the other one crushed. I held one hand with the other. I got myself into the vehicle and told the paramedic to use a tourniquet....It's not easy losing your hands but I won't give up. If I can completely restore the use of my hand, I will return to the army."
Shortly after his surgery, Shilon sent a message to the soldiers serving in his unit, saying that he loved them and that he was feeling great. "There is nothing to fear. The IDF is strong and will prevail in any situation. This kind of thing happens. Part of the job is to risk our lives in order to protect the citizens of Israel," he added.