Home > News > World
Sunday August 3, 2014 MYT 8:50:04 AM
Sunday August 3, 2014 MYT 8:51:32 AM
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hadar Goldin, an Israeli soldier feared abducted by Hamas Islamist militants in the Gaza Strip, was determined to have been killed in action during Israel's operation there, an army statement said on Sunday.
"A special committee led by the Israel Defence Forces Chief Rabbi, announced the death of the IDF infantry officer of the Givati Brigade, Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, who was killed in battle in the Gaza Strip on Friday, August 1, 2014," part of the army statement said.
Hamas' armed wing said on Saturday it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of Goldin, 23, and that he may have been killed during an ambush in the southern Gaza Strip in which two other Israeli soldiers were killed.
Israel, which began its campaign in the Gaza Strip on July 8, would continue to fight Hamas even after the army completes its core mission of destroying the cross-border tunnels used by Palestinian militants to attack its territory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday.
The Gaza death toll given by Palestinian officials rose to 1,675, most of them civilians. Israel has confirmed that 64 soldiers have died in combat, while Palestinian shelling has also killed three civilians in Israel.
(Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Peter Cooney)
Israelis quietly expand enclave in Palestinian district of Jerusalem
Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders
EU's Ashton to stay on until end of Iran nuclear talks
U.S. Ebola response chief seeks to reverse mistakes, step up response
Uruguay's roll-out of marijuana experiment faces election risk
Using military and new protocols, U.S. ramps up Ebola response
Paying homage to Hindu deities and attaining bliss on pilgrimages
Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland: Polish ex-minister
Apple Pay to launch on Monday, more banks signed on
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)