26 May 2024, 09:25

Hamas claims to have taken Israeli soldier 'prisoner'

Territoires palestiniens, May 26, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - The armed wing of Hamas
said it had taken "prisoner" at least one Israeli soldier in an ambush on
Saturday in the Gaza Strip, a claim Israel denied.

The Palestinian militant group targeted Israeli forces in a tunnel in the
Jabalia camp and "all their members were killed, wounded or taken prisoner,"
said Abu Obeida, spokesman for the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

Hamas also broadcast images of a soldier being dragged along the ground,
presenting the soldier as a captured Israeli. The images could not be
immediately authenticated by AFP.

In a statement on Telegram, the Israeli army said it "clarifies that there is
no incident in which a soldier was abducted".

Israeli warplanes and artillery pounded Rafah on Saturday, as the government
dismissed an order by the top UN court to halt its military offensive in the
southern Gaza city.

At the same time, renewed international efforts were underway aimed at
securing a ceasefire in the war sparked by Hamas's unprecedented October 7
attack on Israel.

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