Middle East Unrest

Israel Buries U.S. 'Lone Soldier' Killed in Gaza

Thousands mourned California-born Sgt. Max Steinberg who died fighting in the Gaza Strip after volunteering to join Israel's military.

. Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Sgt. Max Steinberg during his funeral, at the military cemetery in Jerusalem, on July 23, 2014. Steinberg, a 24-year-old American citizen who grew up in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, was killed while fighting in Gaza. Oded Balilty / AP

. The parents of Sergeant Max Steinberg grieve at his coffin during his funeral. As operation 'Protective Edge' enters its 16th day, 29 Israeli soldiers and over 600 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, with the vast majority of Palestinians killed being civilians. Ilia Yefimovich / Getty Images

. Hermine Antelman wrapped in an American flag attends the funeral of Sgt. Max Steinberg, at the military cemetery in Jerusalem. Oded Balilty / AP

. Family and friends mourn over the tomb of Sgt. Max Steinberg. Gali Tibbon / AFP - Getty Images

. Israeli female soldiers mourn during the funeral at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. Gali Tibbon / AFP - Getty Images

. Mourners attend the funeral of Sergeant Max Steinberg. Ilia Yefimovich / Getty Images