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Gaza conflict: Missing Israeli soldier dead


The Israeli military says a soldier reported
missing in Gaza on Friday is dead.
Hadar Goldin was believed to have been
captured by militants during fighting, leading to
the collapse of a ceasefire shortly after it had
been declared.
The Israel Defense Forces said it had
determined that Lt Goldin had died.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said the
operation in Gaza will continue until it restores
security to Israeli citizens.
BBC correspondents in Gaza City reported the
sound of ongoing Israeli strikes on Sunday
Agence France-Presse news agency quoted
Palestinian emergency services as saying 12
Palestinians had been killed early on Sunday
but this has not been independently confirmed.
Israeli media also reported fresh militant rocket
Hamas had denied it was holding the 23-year-
old Lt Goldin captive, saying it did not know the
soldier’s whereabouts.
The military wing of the Islamist group said it
had lost contact with some fighters in the area
where Israel said the soldier had been seized.
It said it believed the fighters and possibly Lt
Goldin had been killed in an Israeli airstrike.
Israel’s defence minister and the chief military
rabbi met the soldier’s family at their home in
the town of Kfar Saba on Saturday night.
Hundreds of well-wishers had gathered outside
their home and there was an outpouring of
grief when the military’s announcement was
made public.
It is understood the army came to its
conclusion after examining DNA evidence,
reports the BBC’s Bethany Bell in Jerusalem. No
body has been found.
Confirmation of Lt Goldin’s death means 66
Israelis have now died in the fighting, all but
two of them soldiers. A Thai worker in Israel
also died.
Some 1,700 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have
been killed since the conflict began more than
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