The Israeli occupation army announced on Tuesday morning that one of its soldiers went missing during Sunday's clashes with Hamas fighters inside Palestinian territory, Israeli media reported.
Hamas's military wing Al-Qassam Brigades revealed on Sunday that its fighters had captured an Israeli soldier during clashes within the borders of the Gaza Strip.
Al-Qassam's spokesperson Abu-Obaida said: "Now, the Israeli soldier Oron Shaul is in the hands of the Palestinian resistance."
The revelation prompted massive celebrations within the Palestinian territories, including the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Israel initially denied the capture but recognised the death of seven soldiers. However, on Tuesday morning the Times of Israel published the following statement by the occupation army:
"In the early hours of Sunday, 20 July 2014, an armoured vehicle carrying seven soldiers of the Golani Brigade was severely damaged in battle.
"Last night, the seven families of soldiers who were involved in the incident were briefed on the circumstances of the attack.
"The identification process of six of the soldiers killed has been completed and confirmed. The efforts to identify the seventh soldier are ongoing and have yet to be determined."