Missing soldier presumed dead: Israel
Iran Press TV
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:39AM GMT
The Israeli army says one of its soldiers has been lost in combat with Hamas forces in the blockaded Gaza Strip and is presumed dead.
Israel's Channel 10 News said on Tuesday that the military believed the trooper was killed along with six other soldiers in an attack on an armored vehicle on Sunday.
The Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, said on Sunday that Palestinian fighters seized an Israeli soldier, identified as Shaul Aron.
Abu Ubaida, the spokesman of the Hamas's armed wing, said the soldier was captured in heavy fighting and displayed a photo ID and the army serial number of the Israeli soldier.
An Israeli military statement on Tuesday said the army had completed the identification of six of the soldiers killed, adding "efforts to identify the seventh soldier are ongoing and have yet to be determined."
Earlier in the day, the Israeli army said two soldiers were killed in combat in the Gaza Strip on Monday, raising the number of the troops killed in the 15-day Israeli offensive against the Palestinian sliver to 27.
However, Palestinians say the death toll is higher. Al-Qassam Brigades said that its forces killed 15 Israeli forces in eastern Gaza City on Monday and over 40 of them so far.
Two Israeli civilians have also been killed by rocket fire.
Top Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh has said Gaza would become "a graveyard for Israeli soldiers."
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