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Israel Says Fate of One Soldier in Ambush is "Unclear"

Update: since writing the post below, the Israeli Defense Forces have posted on Twitter that they are trying to "identify" (not locate) the 7th soldier. Nor do they describe him as "missing."

A vehicle carrying 7 soldiers was attacked July 20. We have identified 6 of their bodies. Efforts to identify the 7th soldier are ongoing.

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On Sunday, Israel's ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prossor, denied Hamas had captured an Israeli soldier.

Yet, today the Israeli Army says the fate of the one of the seven soldiers in an armored vehicle in Shujaiyeh, Gaza that was attacked by Hamas is "unclear." He is classified as "missing" but presumed dead. [More...]

Israel identified the other six soldiers killed in the attack and released their names. It has not identified Oron Shaul as the missing soldier, but it's pretty obvious that's who it is.

Was he captured alive or did Hamas just retrieve his body or parts of it? As of now, either Israel doesn't know, or isn't talking. If the remains of the other soldiers really were difficult to identify, which may the case since the vehicle drove over and detonated an explosive device, how likely is it that Oron Shaul wasn't killed?

There is speculation among some reporters and security analysts that (1) Hamas only has part of his corpse (2) It obtained his military ID number from a dog tag on his severed boot and (3) the reason Israeli forces are still in the area is to find his remains so that Hamas has nothing to negotiate with.

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