Israel-Gaza conflict

Added On August 3, 2014

The Israeli army has announced that the missing Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin has been killed in Gaza.
Earlier, the Israeli side suggested that the 23-year-old had been captured by Hamas fighters in Gaza, leading to a collapse of three-day humanitarian truce.
The 23-year-old Goldin was alleged to have gone missing on Friday in the southern Gaza Strip shortly after a three-day humanitarian truce in the costal enclave took effect.
The Hamas armed wing had acknowledged its militants staged an ambush early Friday in which two Israeli soldiers were killed, but denied holding Goldin.
The soldier's alleged capture had prompted widespread international condemnation after a U.S.- and UN- brokered truce lied in tatters.
U.S. President Barack Obama, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and others had called for his immediate and unconditional release.
The latest death brings the Israeli army death toll to 64 since it stepped up its offensive in Gaza on July 8.
On the Palestinian side, some 1670 people, mostly civilians, have been killed.
Israel continued to pound Gaza with airstrikes on Saturday, killing at least 72 Palestinians, many in the southern border town of Rafah where Israeli troops searched for the soldier.
The assaults came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue the Israeli offensive in Gaza to meet the country's security demands.
The Israeli leader also insisted the Jewish state will not participate for now in any cease-fire negotiations in Cairo with Hamas, but saying all options remain on the table.
The Islamic militant group suggested it won't hold its fire in the case of a unilateral Israeli pullout, raising the prospect of renewed hostilities in the future.