Hamas armed wing claims capture of Israeli soldier

Al-Qassam Brigades announced the abduction of Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron

A spokesman for Hamas’ armed wing said on Sunday the group had captured an Israeli soldier during fighting in the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza City.

Speaking on a Hamas-aligned television station, the masked spokesman, who went by the name of Abu Ubaida, said “we have captured a Zionist soldier and the occupation has not admitted that.”

“The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the Qassam Brigades,” he added…

Palestinians celebrate in the streets of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, following the claim that the armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas group had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, late on July 20, 2014. (AFP)