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Israel identifies missing soldier

July 22, 2014 10:20 P.M. (Updated: July 23, 2014 11:30 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The name of an Israeli soldier who was classified as missing on Tuesday has been identified by the Israeli army as Oron Shaul, two days after Hamas' armed wing announced the capture of a soldier.

The Israeli army said in a statement that a soldier "whose identification process is yet to be completed" is 21-year-old Sergeant Oron Shaul.

Al-Qassam Brigades on Sunday announced they had captured an Israeli soldier named Shaul Aron.

An earlier army statement Tuesday said that six soldiers' bodies had been identified after being killed by Palestinian militants, who attacked an armored vehicle carrying seven soldiers in Gaza City Sunday.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said earlier that a soldier had been declared missing and "presumed dead" after Palestinian militants attacked the vehicle.

Al-Qassam Brigades said on Sunday night that it had captured an Israeli soldier, the first since the release of Gilad Shalit in 2011.

The Brigades said during a speech by spokesman Abu Ubaida that the captured soldier is named Shaul Aron and that his military number is 6092065.

An Israeli military spokeswoman could not confirm news of the capture.

The announcement of the captured soldier triggered celebrations across the West Bank, with hundreds of people in Ramallah, Hebron, and Bethlehem taking to the streets, honking car horns, and launching fireworks following news of the capture.

In 2011, captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was exchanged for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.
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