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Cleared for Release: 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin Abducted by Hamas, 2 IDF Soldiers Killed

Sophisticated tunnel infrastructure in Gaza being targeted by IDF.

Sophisticated tunnel infrastructure in Gaza being targeted by IDF.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The IDF has confirmed 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23 of Kfar Saba is suspected to have been abducted by Hamas terrorists at approximately 9:30 am Friday morning. His family has been notified, IDF officials said. (His family has asked the public to please pray for the safe return of Hadar ben Hedva Leah.)

Two additional IDF soldiers were killed in the same attack; their families have been notified, the IDF Spokesperson said. Their names have not yet been released.

The group of terrorists who carried out the attack, which occurred in the southern Gaza border town of Rafah, included a suicide bomber.

Goldin was allegedly grabbed and dragged into a tunnel by terrorists who emerged from the shaft while the suicide bomber detonated himself nearby as a diversion, sources said.

“The incident is ongoing and the IDF is in the midst of operational and intelligence efforts to track down the soldier,” the IDF said in a statement.

The abduction effectively ended a cease fire that was barely underway. Some 40 Gazans were killed and more than 100 wounded by Israeli shelling in the hour that followed the attack, according to local reports.

Rocket and artillery attacks on the Eshkol Regional Council district had resumed by 10 am, indicating a total collapse of the cease fire.

Asked if the cease fire was over, IDF spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner told media in a conference call, “Yes. We are continuing our activities on the ground.”

The Kerem Shalom border crossing was immediately closed. Roadblocks were set up at various intersections on route 232 near the Gaza border as well.

At the time of the attack, the soldiers were involved in neutralizing a terror tunnel. Two soldiers wounded in other clashes in the border town were airlifted by helicopter to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

A spokesperson for Hamas claimed the attack took place prior to the start of the humanitarian cease fire window, at 7 am, during an exchange of heavy gunfire between IDF soldiers and Hamas terrorists in southern Gaza.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu shortly after, according to a spokesperson for the White House. The White House issued a statement early Friday afternoon saying that if it proved true that Hamas had abducted a soldier, it would be a “barbaric” violation of the cease fire. That changed quickly when the truth became obvious.

Netanyahu informed Kerry that Hamas will bear the consequences for its “gross violation” of the cease fire, and its apparent abduction of an IDF soldier.

In a rapid follow up briefing with media, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest called on Hamas to release the kidnapped Israeli soldier. The White House spokesperson said both Kerry and Netanyahu had already discussed the next steps to be taken.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists said Egypt told the group that a planned meeting in Cairo was postponed ‘until further notice’ following notification by Israel of the soldier’s abduction by Hamas.

The European Union, however, has called on Israel and Hamas to renew the cease fire. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told media that member nations are “very troubled” by the resumption of hostilities. Ashton said it was “essential” for renewal of the truce, which must respect and end the killing of civilians.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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25 Responses to “Cleared for Release: 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin Abducted by Hamas, 2 IDF Soldiers Killed”

  1. May he return safe and unharmed to his family… Sending many prayers

  2. Robi Joel says:

    God is with him! But z problem is y would israel agrees to a ceasefire? No ceasefire with terrorist & palestinian people!

  3. Linda Gorman says:

    Praying for him and his family

  4. Renata Reich says:

    Praying for him ,and the two gone soldiers

  5. Renata Reich says:

    All you radical Arabs go to hell!!!!

  6. Robi Joel says:

    how abt u? hell is 2 good for u! crazy arab

  7. Val Gonzales says:

    Sending prayers for his safe return and for his family …God Bless Israel !

  8. Time to go in without restraint. Get rid of Hamas, and turn the horrible place over to Egypt

  9. Robi Joel says:

    u muslim think with ur dum ass! trust me when i tell u r z 1st person which hell welcomes not only u all muslims! U dont have z balls to insult jews,christians! God will punish u! U know we dont worship “stone” GOD like u

  10. May God bless this soldier @ protect Israel…

  11. May the LORD watch over him!

  12. Wish him safety and the blessings of HaShem

  13. David Hrutka says:

    during a ceasefire its called a kidnapping you moron…hamas are liars liars liars not to be ever trusted…they have proven it over and over….they don’t even care for the ceasefires to help their own people…hamas doesnt care about the innocent women and children there

  14. David Hrutka says:

    like your covered face pic…you are a coward just like hamas

  15. Edward Brett says:

    We are in mourning for Tish BAv…being him back to safety….

  16. God be with him and Isreal

  17. Praying for comfort and peace in his family’s hearts.

  18. Judith Dowla says:

    Hamas, if you know his whereabouts, please arrange to have him returned to his regiment. Do you want to talk with Israel about a few matters on your mind. If so please do. Thank you. Y’hudit (Tribe of Asher)

  19. I say put in some neutronic bombs in the tunnels so when the Hamas tries to use them they go off killing them.

  20. I say put in some neutronic bombs in the tunnels so when the Hamas tries to use them they go off killing them.

  21. Praying for his safe return. Prayers for his family.

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