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Qassam Brigades says held Israeli soldier hostage

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to celebrate the ability of the brigades to hold the Israeli soldier hostage.

The Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas, said on Sunday that it managed to hold an Israeli soldier hostage during clashes with the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip.

“Qassam Brigades managed to hold Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron hostage during clashes in the Gaza Strip,” brigades spokesman Abu Ubaidah said in a televised address.

The brigades spokesman also mentioned the military card number of the soldier.

Thousands of Palestinians, meanwhile, took to the streets to celebrate the ability of the brigades to hold the Israeli soldier hostage.

Israel has not officially commented on the claim of Qassam Brigades yet.

Since July 7, Israel has been pounding the Gaza Strip with air and naval bombardments with the stated aim of halting rocket attacks from it.

The operation has, however, left 425 Gazans killed and 3008 others injured so far.

On Thursday night, Israel stepped up its offensive to include ground operations, sending thousands of troops into the embattled Palestinian territory.

Israel’s military operation, dubbed operation “Protective Edge,” is the self-proclaimed Jewish state’s third major offensive against Gaza in the last six years.

News report syndicated from Anadolu Agency

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