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Israel identifies missing soldier
Published Tuesday 22/07/2014 (updated) 23/07/2014 11:30
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Palestinians celebrate on Sunday after Hamas' armed wing
announced the capture of an Israeli soldier (MaanImages/file).
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The name of an Israeli soldier who was classified as missing on Tuesday has been identified by the Israeli army as Oron Shaul, two days after Hamas' armed wing announced the capture of a soldier.

The Israeli army said in a statement that a soldier "whose identification process is yet to be completed" is 21-year-old Sergeant Oron Shaul.

Al-Qassam Brigades on Sunday announced they had captured an Israeli soldier named Shaul Aron.

An earlier army statement Tuesday said that six soldiers' bodies had been identified after being killed by Palestinian militants, who attacked an armored vehicle carrying seven soldiers in Gaza City Sunday.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said earlier that a soldier had been declared missing and "presumed dead" after Palestinian militants attacked the vehicle.

Al-Qassam Brigades said on Sunday night that it had captured an Israeli soldier, the first since the release of Gilad Shalit in 2011.

The Brigades said during a speech by spokesman Abu Ubaida that the captured soldier is named Shaul Aron and that his military number is 6092065.

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

The announcement of the captured soldier triggered celebrations across the West Bank, with hundreds of people in Ramallah, Hebron, and Bethlehem taking to the streets, honking car horns, and launching fireworks following news of the capture.

In 2011, captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was exchanged for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.
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1 ) Billy Bragg / UK
22/07/2014 11:41
Ismael Haniyeh said "We will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem".

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
22/07/2014 13:14
Hamas is the worst thing to happen to the Palestinians. THey are paying a very high price for Hamas stupidity and bloodthirstiness. The only solution the Palestinians is the removal of the jihadists from power that will allow a government to rise that will have an agenda that extends beyond jihadism and will give Gazans an economy, proper schools, medical care and even water and electricity. Hamas wants none of that, just "victory or martyrdom" (their words, not mine). Martyrdom they will get.
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