Obama: Hamas must release abducted Israeli soldier

US President Barack Obama Friday “unequivocally condemned Hamas and the Palestinian factions responsible for killing two soldiers and abducting a third, almost minutes after a ceasefire was announced.” He said: “That soldier needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible.” While conscious of the Gaza civilians caught in the crossfire, Obama said,:”No country can or would tolerate tunnels being dug under their land to conduct terror attacks.” The administration insists on the ceasefire, “despite Israel’s legitimate security needs.”


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