Israeli soldier feared kidnapped by Hamas in Rafah

The IDF confirmed Friday that an Israeli soldier was feared kidnapped in Rafah in one of a range of gross Hamas breaches which caused the 72-hour truce imposed Friday at 8 p.m. to break down. Hamas official Mussa Abu Marzuk claimed in Cairo that “an Israeli officer was taken prisoner.” The family has been informed. A team of Israeli soldiers was clearing a terror tunnel Friday, when it came under heavy Hamas fire and a suicide terrorist jumped out of the tunnel and blew himself up. IDF artillery and air force responded to the attack by pounding the Rafah-Khan Younes area, as troops scoured southern Gaza Strip for the missing soldier. The Palestinians report many dead.  Up to 20 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israeli towns and communities from 10 a.m. and are still ongoing..

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