An Israeli officer missing in Gaza was likely killed in an IDF strike, Hamas said early on Saturday as Israel’s Operation Protective Edge entered its 26th day.
The Israeli military on Friday cited indications that the officer, Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, was taken captive in Rafah, a city in the Gaza Strip’s south. Two other soldiers were killed in the attack, raising the number of Israeli military fatalities to 63. The announcement came not long after a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire agreed upon by Israel and Hamas collapsed within two hours of being launched.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. President Barack Obama condemned Hamas for the abduction.