Missing Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin may have been killed during an ambush, Hamas has claimed.
The militant group insisted it had "no clear indication of the whereabouts" of the 23-year-old Israel accused them of abducting.
A statement by the group said: "We have lost contact with the group of fighters that took part in the ambush and we believe they were all killed in the (Israeli) bombardment.
"Assuming that they managed to seize the soldier during combat, we assess that he was also killed in the incident."
There have been two days of quiet in Gaza. No rockets or missiles, no more destroyed houses, no more ambulance sirens screaming.
A three-year-old girl has been rescued from Gaza and brought to London for life-saving heart surgery.
A small team of NHS doctors and surgeons is travel to Gaza to set up facilities and establish how best to use specialists and equipment.