CAIRO, (PIC)-- Member of Hamas’s political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk confirmed on Friday that an Israeli officer was captured hours before a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire went into effect. Two other soldiers were killed during the operation, Anadolu News Agency reported.
Israeli media sources stated that an Israeli soldier has been missing since Friday morning during a “tough operation” in Rafah.
Abu Marzouk said that Israel has officially informed the UN of the capture of its officer and the killing of two other soldiers in Rafah.
In its turn, the UN informed Egypt about the capturing operation as it plays the role of mediator.
On other hand, Abu Marzouk said that Palestinian delegation’s visit to Egypt was delayed for tomorrow.
For his part, spokesman for Hamas movement Fawzi Barhoum charged that the ceasefire was first broken by Israeli forces.
Barhoum called on international community to intervene urgently to put an end the Israeli crimes and aggression on Gaza.
Dozens of Palestinian casualties were reported since the morning hours despite the declaration of ceasefire late last night.
Speaking to Yediot Ahronot Hebrew newspaper, a senior Israeli military source said that the possible kidnapping of an Israeli soldier was carried out during clashes near a tunnel and was aided by a “suicide bomber.” According to him, “terrorists appeared while the Israeli forces were searching for tunnels, one of them then blew himself up during which time others kidnapped the soldier.”
“His family has been informed and massive clashes are still underway”, the sources continued.
Hamas's armed wing al-Qassam Brigades said that its fighters have carried out this morning a special operation after targeting a home used by Israeli soldiers.
More than 40 people were killed and around 200 others were injured on Friday during Israeli violent shelling of displaced civilians who tried to return to their homes on the border of Gaza after ceasefire was declared.