Uh…NOT SO FAST! Israel is denying reports that the military wing of Hamas, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has captured the Israeli in Shejaiya.
Times of Israel During a press conference, the group gave a name for the ostensible prisoner and even presented a military ID number. The name given by Hamas was very similar to the name of one of the soldiers confirmed killed in the fighting in Shejaiya early Sunday morning.
Israel’s UN ambassador denied on Sunday that an Israeli soldier had been abducted by Hamas. “There is no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumors are untrue,” said Ron Prosor.
Regardless, the Hamas announcement led to elation across the West Bank, and fireworks and celebratory gunfire in the Gaza Strip.