'Kidnapped' Israeli soldier declared dead

The Israeli army on Sunday announced the death of Hadar Goldin, the Israeli soldier who went missing in action during fighting in the Gaza Strip two days ago. A search operation was launched on Friday after Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin went missing just 90 minutes into a three-day ceasefire. Israel claimed the 23-year-old soldier was kidnapped by Hamas militants during an ambush in the Gaza Strip, claims the Islamist group denied. An army spokesman refused to confirm or deny that the soldier’s remains had been found. Israel had previously suggested that 23-year-old Goldin had been captured by Hamas fighters in Gaza.

A special committee, led by the IDF (army) 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.

IDF statement

The latest death brings the Israeli army death toll to 64 since the start of hostilities on July 8, the heaviest since the 2006 war against the Lebanese Hezbollah. More than 1,700 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed. Meanwhile, police tried to block a peace rally on Saturday evening at Tel Aviv’s Habima Square. Protesters gathered to demand an end to the military operation in Gaza, with police arriving at the rally, declaring it an illegal demonstration and making a number of arrests.