Israel looks for missing soldier

Gaza - The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said on Saturday it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused it of abducting in the Gaza Strip, adding he may have been killed during an ambush.

Israel said Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, who went missing on Friday, had been abducted by Hamas gunmen. It declared a planned 72-hour Gaza ceasefire over, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect.

The ceasefire lasted only about 90 minutes early on Friday. Israel resumed shelling, killing at least 150 Palestinians and wounding hundreds of others, hospital officials said.

A latest signal that the ceasefire was over came at daybreak when Israel's Iron Dome interceptor system shot down two militant rockets over the Tel Aviv area and a third over Beersheba.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his security cabinet into special session and warned Hamas and other militant groups they would "bear the consequences of their actions". No announcement was made after the meeting.


But a statement by Hamas's armed wing said it had no contact with militants who were operating in the southern Gaza Strip where Israel said Goldin went missing.

"We have lost contact with the group of fighters that took part in the ambush and we believe they were all killed in the [Israeli] bombardment. Assuming that they managed to seize the soldier during combat, we assess that he was also killed in the incident," the statement said.

The planned 72-hour break in fighting announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hours before it was due to take effect early on Friday was the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting.

At least 1 592 Gazans have been killed since the start of hostilities on 8 July when Israel launched its drive to halt militant rocket fire on its territory from the coastal enclave by unleashing air and naval bombardments. Tanks and infantry pushed into the territory of 1.8 million people on 17 July.

Sixty-three Israeli soldiers have been killed, and Palestinian rockets have killed three civilians in Israel.

US President Barack Obama called for the soldier's unconditional release and said it would be tough to reinstate a truce after the day's events.

"I think it's going to be very hard to put a ceasefire back together again if Israelis and the international community can't feel confident that Hamas can follow through on a ceasefire commitment," he told a White House news conference.

Obama said he has been in constant contact with Netanyahu about the situation, and added that more needed to be done to protect Palestinian civilians.

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Rameez Mookadan 2014/08/02 10:25:34 AM
Maybe he isn't missing....but saw the truth in what he is particpating in and ran away....just an assumption...don't attack me now
Godfather458 2014/08/02 10:26:36 AM
They should hang the bastard in public and let the vultures eat off him
jacobus.steyn.90 2014/08/02 10:46:25 AM
Lol really ISIS is just a joke against IDF islamist supporters please enrich youre knowledge of the 6 day war when ALL the muslim countries around Israel wanting to wipe them from the earth Israel won the war in 6 days now u come here saying ISIS ISIS Isis is a baby compared to IDF strenght go do some meaningfull research the islamist want to destroy the IDF cause they were humiliated 1967 6 day war during June lmao nothing is compared to IDF
Yusuf Moola 2014/08/02 11:06:50 AM
@ Mila I'm sorry but u wrong ther. iSIS are killing for ther own motives. They don't do it for Allah n they comitting crimes..... They have ther own motives. Did u not read Edward snowdens leaked info? Isis was created by the U.S n Israel. Anyway tho we Muslims don't support or justify wat Isis is doin
Binte Maya 2014/08/02 11:11:07 AM
Mila... those are the ones who make me sick... they disgrace Islam..those who use religion to justify their evil acts!!! That doesn't justify the evil acts others carry out in gaza! we should stand up against both!!
Binte Maya 2014/08/02 11:19:59 AM
MILA..Calling others names just shows whats your definition of KIND... lol
Yusuf Moola 2014/08/02 11:27:01 AM
So is snowden a Muslim then Mila? Since his letting out the info saying U.S n Israel are behind it?
jacobus.steyn.90 2014/08/02 11:27:31 AM
Ok islam believers justify the killing that islam militants are doing in africa? This other article of al shabaab why dont u protest against them why dont u ask for sanctions are u accepting that assasinating government officials is okay according to allah?
jacobus.steyn.90 2014/08/02 11:28:19 AM
Why dont u prorest why dont u make ur voices thick when islam is foing the killing muslims are just quiet they dont make a sound
Yusuf Moola 2014/08/02 11:39:03 AM
N why don't I see u protesting against corruption, rape, crime, drugs etc? Do u perhaps agree with those criminals?coz u's have a protest planned soon In support of Israel ......