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IDF Says Fate of 'Abducted' Soldier's Body is Unclear

Only the bodies of 6 of the 7 soldiers who were in an APC hit Sunday have been identified. Hamas says it has the seventh.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/22/2014, 10:03 AM

Israeli APC
Israeli APC
IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The IDF said Tuesday that it has completed the process of identifying the bodies from the Golani Brigade APC hit by the enemy in Shejaiya Sunday. “In view of the complexity of the event,” the military said, “the bodies of six fallen soldiers have been identified positively.”

"Efforts to identify and find out information about the seventh soldier continue to take place on all channels.”

The IDF has informed the families of the soldiers and is in constant contact with them.

A source told Arutz Sheva that the body of the seventh soldier may have been abducted by Hamas.

Hamas has said that it abducted the seventh soldier from the APC, sparking celebrations in numerous Arab cities and towns. Israel denied that this was true.

"There is no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumors are untrue," said Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor when asked about the alleged kidnapping.

Hamas claimed late Sunday that it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza City. "The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the Qassam Brigades," a spokesman using the kunya name Abu Obeida said in a televised address. He provided the supposed soldier's name and ID. "He is a prisoner, and if Zionists lie about the dead and wounded, then the fate of this soldier is their responsibility," the spokesman said.

The Facebook page of Oron Shaul, a Golani soldier, was defaced overnight Sunday with Arabic messages claiming he has been taken hostage.

There have been celebrations in the Arab neighborhoods in and around Jerusalem and elsewhere in Judea and Samaria, following allegations of the soldier's capture.

The other six fallen soldiers from the APC are:

Sergeant Max Steinberg, 24, Be'er Sheva.

Sergeant First Class Shachar Tase, 21, from Pardesiah.

Sergeant First Class Daniel Pomeranz, 20, from Kfar Azar.

Sergeant Shon Mondshine, 19, from Tel Aviv.

Sergeant Ben Itzhak Oanounou, 19, from Ashdod.

Sergeant First Class Oren Simcha Noach, 22, from Hoshaya.

For more details about the six fallen comrades and funeral arrangements, click here.