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Israel's United Nations envoy denies Israeli soldier abducted by Hamas

Published on Jul 21, 2014 11:17 AM
An Israeli man holds up a flag atop a hill overlooking the Gaza Strip in the southern town of Sderot on July 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Israel's UN ambassador denied on Sunday that an Israeli soldier had been abducted by Hamas militants.

"There is no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumors are untrue," said Ambassador Ron Prosor when asked about the kidnapping.

The armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas group claimed late Sunday that it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza City.

"The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the Qassam Brigades," a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address.