I hope it’s not true, and if it is, that they are well on their trail in recovering him.
There is a possibility that an IDF soldier was kidnapped by Hamas, the IDF said Friday, with a senior official blaming Hamas for using the ceasefire to take a soldier hostage. Two other soldiers were wounded in the incident and they were taken to a local hospital.
IDF soldier feared kidnapped
Givati soldiers clash with terrorists in Gaza Photo: screenshot
A Hamas attack on IDF soldiers in southern Gaza, which occurred an hour and a half after the start of a humanitarian truce, ended with the suspected kidnapping of a soldier, the IDF said Friday.
“The incident is ongoing, and the IDF is in the midst of operational and intelligence efforts to track down the soldier,” the army added.
The statement came after Palestinians reported heavy exchanges of fire in southern Gaza, in which several Hamas attackers were reportedly killed in IDF return fire.
Around 10 a.m. rocket and artillery fire resumed, bringing an end to the 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire brokered by the UN and the US that went into effect just two hours prior.
Palestinian media reported heavy casualties, with at least 40 dead, according to local sources. Rocket fire continued to hound southern Israel.