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Celebrations as Hamas announces capture of Israeli soldier
Published Monday 21/07/2014 (updated) 22/07/2014 17:57
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestinians across the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip celebrated late Sunday following an announcement by Hamas' military wing that it had captured an Israeli soldier.

Hundreds of people in Ramallah, Hebron and Bethlehem took to the streets, honking their car horns and launching fireworks following news of the capture.

In Hebron, the families of Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons said they were happy with the news.

One mother told Ma'an that "despite our grief and sadness over our brothers in Gaza who died martyrs or were injured, the news of kidnapping an Israeli soldier filled us with delight."

Many families hope that their relatives will be released in exchange for captured Israeli soldiers.

The al-Qassam Brigades said during a speech by spokesman Abu Ubaida aired live on Ma'an News Agency's satellite channel that the captured soldier is named Shaul Aron and his military number is 6092065.

An Israeli military spokeswoman could not confirm news of the capture.

In the past, Israel has agreed to release Palestinian prisoners kept in Israeli jails in exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldiers, and Hamas has called for soldiers to be captured.

In 2011, captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was exchanged for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

Israel has recently rearrested over 50 Palestinians released in the deal and currently holds over 5,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails.
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1 ) spb / us
21/07/2014 14:33
hey you can use the pieces of those 10 hamas militants who enter Nir am as candies in those celebration. they were hunted like fish in a barrel. beautiful video

2 ) False Claims or / Truth
21/07/2014 14:39
- Hamas Claims to have captured an Israeli soldier, and
- Israel Claims to have none unaccounted for, and
* The Truth - No One Can Know Without A Photo.

3 ) Outlier / USA
21/07/2014 17:51
Sad. A shameful reflection of Palestinian character.

4 ) Jake / USA
21/07/2014 17:54
FAAAKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

5 ) Tony B? / ME
21/07/2014 20:07
The West is constantly being sold the bullshit idea that Hamas is the oppressor of Palestinians, and not their chosen leadership. It would be nice to see BBC and CNN etc report this, but I doubt this fits those BS spreaders mandates. Hopefully this will solidify Israeli resolve to see this through to the end. That being the total extermination of Palestinian terrorists, and the eradication of all in Palestinian society that nurtures it.

6 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
21/07/2014 20:28
And you call us "pigs and monkeys"??? The behavior of certain Palestinians shows a depravity that tells the world we don't need such a nation called "Palestine" that celebrates death and destruction.

7 ) Lie Catcher / Canada
22/07/2014 05:25
What a bunch of BS. Keep lying to your own crowd. No soldier was kidnapped and the Palestinian murderers will remain in jail where they belong!

8 ) \ ___\ / us
22/07/2014 06:23
"Israel ... currently holds over 5,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails" Does this number include the 100's of Palestinians who were arrested (... and six killed) in response to / during the investigation of the murder of three Israeli youths?
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