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Israeli military says soldier apparently captured in Gaza Strip


An Israeli army officer stands at the entrance of a tunnel said to be used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, during an army-organized tour for journalists on July 25, 2014. Photo - Jack Guez/Pool/Reuters

Occupied Jerusalem: An Israeli soldier was apparently captured by Palestinian militants during a clash in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, an Israeli military spokesman said.

"(Israeli) forces operating to decommission an (infiltration) tunnel were attacked. Initial indications are that a soldier has been abducted by terrorists during the operation," the spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said in a conference call with journalists.

Reports said Israeli forces are searching for a soldier believed abducted in Rafah area of the southern Gaza Strip.

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