LIVE UPDATES: IDF soldier feared taken captive in Gaza; cease-fire deal collapses

Friday, August 1, 2014
By Paul Martin

Heavy fighting in southern Gaza ● Mortars fired at communities near Gaza border hours after cease-fire called ● IDF releases names of soldiers killed Thursday
Aug. 1, 2014

Indications suggest an Israeli soldier has been taken captive by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, the IDF Spokesman said Friday at noon, hours after a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire agreed upon by Israel and Hamas collapsed after holding for less than two hours.

Mortar shells fired from within the Gaza Strip landed near a border-region town some two hours after the truce deal brokered by the United States and the EU kicked in, and shortly thearafter Palestinian medical sources reported that at least 25 Gaza residents were killed and dozens of others wounded by IDF artillery fire directed at the southern Strip.

The names of the five Israeli soldiers killed by Palestinian mortar fire near the Gaza Strip border were released by the IDF. The number of Israeli military fatalities now stands at 61.

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