Hamas denies holding Israeli soldier

Hamas denies holding Israeli soldier

Hamas denies holding Israeli soldier

Written by Staff Writer

02 Aug, 2014 | 8:29 am

Hamas says it does not know the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier it had been accused of capturing in Gaza.

The Islamist group’s military wing says it lost contact with some fighters in the area and that they and Hadar Goldin, 23, may have been killed.

His supposed capture and the violence that followed ended a 72-hour ceasefire just hours after it had begun.

Earlier, US President Obama described the crisis as “heartbreaking” and said he would work to secure another truce.

“Innocent civilians caught in the crossfire have to weigh on our conscience,” he said, but added that Hamas had to show it was serious about wanting an end to the violence.

Israeli airstrikes continued into the early hours of Saturday morning, with Gaza health officials saying nearly 100 Palestinians had been killed in following the collapse of a ceasefire.

At least 1,600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have now died, and 8,400 have been injured, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

Sixty-one Israeli soldiers have died, as well as three civilians in Israel.

Hamas accused Israel of breaking the short-lived ceasefire but the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it had been forced to respond to militant rocket fire.

-BBC

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