Israel Denies Hamas Claims of Kidnapped Soldier – Avi Issacharoff (Times of Israel)
(dailyalert.org, July 21, 2014)
Israel has denied a claim by Hamas Sundayto have captured an IDF soldier during fighting in Gaza.
During a press conference, Hamas’ Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades gave a name for the ostensible prisoner and even presented a military ID number. The name was very similar to that of one of the soldiers killed in the fighting in Sejaiya on Sunday.
Regardless, the Hamas announcement led to elation across the West Bank, and fireworks and celebratory gunfire in Gaza.