Gaza conflict: Israeli soldier reportedly captured as ceasefire unravels
Palestinian authorities say at least 50 killed and more than 220 injured in fighting today
The Israeli military said one of its soldiers was captured by Palestinian militants during clashes in southern Gaza as a 72-hour ceasefire that began today quickly unravelled.
The Israeli military said that 90 minutes into the truce — as Palestinian families who had fled neighbourhoods that had been turned into battlefields began to trek home — militants attacked soldiers searching for infiltration tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip.
"Forces [from Israel] operating to decommission an [infiltration] tunnel were attacked. Initial indications are that a soldier has been abducted by terrorists during the operation," Israel Defence Force spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said in a conference call with journalists.
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There was no immediate word from militant groups on whether any were holding the soldier, identified by the military as 23-year-old Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin.
The White House issued a statement saying the reported attack [on the Israeli soldiers], if proven true, would be a "barbaric" violation of the ceasefire.
Hamas has demanded the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian border blockade imposed on Gaza in 2007 when the Islamic militant group seized power, as well as the release of Palestinians rounded up in the West Bank in June following the killing of three Israeli teenagers.
Up to 400 innocent members of Hamas were wrongly imprisoned by Israel in the weeks before the rockets started flying. When our moronic Foreign Minister and evil Prime Minister say "Hamas started it", like the infantile cretins they are, they were ignoring the fact that Israel generated uncontrollable anger in Gaza by its behavior before the rockets started flying.