Ceasefire Ruptured, Israeli Soldier Captured

Fire-fight in Rafah and capture took place 1.5 hours after supposed 72-hour ceasefire began.

08/01/14
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Just 1.5 hours after ceasefire declared, Hamas militant opened fire on IDF Troops. Getty Images
Just 1.5 hours after ceasefire declared, Hamas militant opened fire on IDF Troops. Getty Images

An Israeli soldier is feared captured near Rafah, Israeli media reported, and a cease-fire collapsed in its first hours.

The army spokesman said the soldier there is a suspicion that the soldier was captured during exchanges of fire between Hamas militants and Israeli troops on Friday in the southern Gaza Strip. His family has been informed, the spokesman’s office said.

Multiple Israeli media also reported that Israeli officials have told U.N. officials that Israel considers the cease-fire ruptured.

The suspected abduction occurred when gunmen opened fire on IDF troops in the southern Gaza Strip city. The army is conducting extensive searches and efforts to resolve the situation, army sources told the Ynet news site.

Israel Radio quoted Moussa Abu Marzouk, a Hamas official based in Cairo, as saying that the group was holding a an officer and that he was captured before the cease-fire’s 8 a.m. start.

Israeli army officials said the fire-fight in Rafah and the capture took place 1.5 hours after the start of what was supposed to be a 72-hour U.S.-U.N.-brokered cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

U.N. special envoy Robert Serry said Friday in a statement that he was informed by Israel of “a serious incident this morning” during the truce involving “a tunnel behind IDF lines in the Rafah area of the Gaza Strip,” in which two soldiers and multiple Palestinians were killed.

“The United Nations is not in a position to independently confirm these reports,” Serry says. If confirmed, however, “this would constitute a serious violation of the humanitarian ceasefire in place since 8 a.m. this morning by Gazan militant factions, which should be condemned in the strongest terms.”

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My comment is to the fifteen people who were protesting at the pro Israel rally I say the level of your stupidity and ignorance is hard for me to understand. As a teacher for 35 years, I've met many slow learners.I hope G-d grants you intelligence so that you can join the Jewish people in support Israel in times of peace and war. If G-d forbid the Arabs show up at your door step you will die either painfully or painlessly but you will be killed and they will not a have a second of remorse.

“The United Nations is not in a position to independently confirm these reports,” Serry says. And yet 2 minutes after a supposedly UNWRA school was hit, the UN knew that it was an Israeli Shell. And yet UNWRA never knew that 3 of their schools had Hamas weapons stored. The US should stop sending money for the UN's upkeep. The UN should be abolished

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