Israeli soldier missing in Gaza is dead: army

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a press conference at the defense ministry in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on August 2, 2014The 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 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,” the army said in a statement. An army spokesman refused to confirm or deny that the soldier’s remains had been found. The Israeli side had previously suggested that 23-year-old Goldin had been captured by Hamas fighters in Gaza.

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