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Israeli soldier Hamas claimed to abduct declared dead

The Israeli Defence Force has announced an Israeli soldier who Hamas claimed to have abducted in Gaza last Sunday was killed in the attack on his vehicle.

Sgt Oron Shaul was unaccounted for after his armoured personnel carrier (APC) was shot in the Sajaiya neighbourhood of the city on July 20.

Hamas claimed to have captured him in an ambush, although this account was reportedly soon disputed by Israeli officers, before the IDF today announced:

The confirmation of the death of Sgt Shaul and the announcement of the death of two more soldiers today took the IDF toll to 35 since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8.