Gaza militants 'seize Israeli soldier' as ceasefire ends
August 1, 2014 6:32 pm
Israeli forces are searching for a soldier believed captured, as a 72-hour truce with Hamas in Gaza collapsed just hours after it had begun.
The soldier, named as Hadar Goldin, 23, disappeared when Israeli forces trying to destroy a suspected militant tunnel were attacked, Israel’s military said.
Two soldiers died in the firefight in the southern Gaza Strip at 06:30 GMT.
The Gaza health ministry said at least 53 people were killed by Israeli shelling shortly after the incident.
Hamas has not confirmed or denied capturing a soldier.
In 2006 Palestinian militants captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and held him for five years.